This month Greg D’Souza, director of sales and marketing, Millennium Plaza Dubai is On the Spot…
What’s the best thing about your job? The people I work and interact with on a daily basis. Every day is different with new beginnings to look forward to.
What made you choose this role? The opportunity of working with and learning from a plethora of talent. Also, the challenge involved in meeting and exceeding the expectation of guests, stakeholders and peers.
What do you do when you’re not working? My son is my constant in my life so it mainly revolves around him. Also the bass guitar, music, sport and martial arts.
What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever received in the workplace? Enjoy what you do and make sure that your passion is balanced out by your discipline and consistency – regardless of the job or title you hold. Most importantly, be aware of your ego.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself happy – regardless of where I am.
Tell us something that none of your colleagues know about you? I’m a shy individual.
If you could stay in any hotel in the world,where would you go? With South America being high on my priority list, I would say Peru. The hotel wouldn’t matter.
Can you tell us why you wanted to join this industry? I never really planned on being in this industry – I landed a job with Marriott and was with them for 12 years at the Global Sales Office. I fell in love and am still loving this industry as it’s not mundane, there’s always a new challenge to look forward to every day.
What would you say to anyone who is starting out in your sector? Personify the passion that you have within and enjoy the journey!
What’s your favourite book? The Alchemist pops straight up. There are a hundred others but it would depend on the moment.
If you invited guests round for dinner what would you make? I’d most probably order in, depending on the number of people and where they’re from. If not, pasta is an easy option.
What song instantly gets you on the dancefloor? Nothing in particular – it would depend on the mood!