Sheraton Vistana Resort
Debra is the Administrative Assistant for Safety and Security at the Sheraton Vistana Resort.
A 2023 Golden Pineapple Award winner for Outstanding Back Office Employee, she has been an intricate part of her department for over a decade.
In her current role, she manages the department’s checkbook for a yearly $2.5 million dollar budget. She exhibits laser sharp attention to detail, while also taking the initiative to research, correct and communicate any concerns or discrepancies to her department head. She also led the department to be within four percent of the 2022 forecasted budget year, despite an unforeseen substantial wage increase for all employees at the beginning of the year.
Debra was instrumental in the implementation of new tracer units at the resort, as well as a new ambiance program, including working with key tracer vendors and technicians and providing training to all staff on its implementation. Both projects were extremely tedious and required an inordinate amount of focus, patience, and partnerships with several departments to replace more than 300 locks and move the resort back into compliance after revisions to its key control policy.
Furthermore, Debra also partnered with the resort manager to coordinate the “shoes for crews” program, which provides every associate an opportunity to purchase safety shoes as part of the brands “be safe” initiative and help reduce workers compensation claims.
Moreover, she is also an active member of the safety committee and is always looking to identify ways to make a safer work environment.
Debra is one of the first points of contact for all new associates, as she continues to demonstrate world-class service and a can-do attitude. This is why her peers recognized her with the “better together” award which is one of Marriott Vacations Worldwide core values.