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Sam
Manager-In-Training; Veteran of U.S. Navy

I served for 20 years in the US Navy reaching the rank of E-7, or Chief Petty Officer. I was a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate, responsible for the operation and maintenance of my submarine’s nuclear and steam plant systems. While stationed in Orlando, I got a part time role at the Magic Kingdom to be able to get my family into the parks. It was during this period, working weekends, that I realized the pride and joy I felt when I was able to assist a family and help them to create memories for a lifetime. This became a passion that drove me to relocate my family to Orlando upon my retirement from the Navy.

Over the course of the next several years, I was advised numerous times to complete my college education, and applied to the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. A professor introduced me to a team of recruiters from Wyndham that was at the college one afternoon. After speaking with them, and realizing that I knew one from our days working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I applied for the Leadership Development Program. This is a leadership program for recent college graduates and is designed to show the individual each area of resort leadership as well as WVO culture.

I was hired for the LDP at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort. The experience has been amazing! Bonnet Creek is the WVO flagship resort, and has beautiful facilities. The entire team is focused on serving our guests, providing them with opportunities to create memories that will last a lifetime. Wyndham’s culture promises our guests that we will all work to ensure they have remarkable vacations. I felt from the beginning that the Wyndham values fit extremely well with the values that I learned as a member of the US military. I have been honored to be a part of the Bonnet Creek Resort team, and thankful for all that I have been taught by these unbelievable leaders and associates.

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