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Kenya’s Top Club Manager on Working for Donald Trump and What It Takes to Run High Society Spots

Clubs are some of the most exclusive hospitality haunts in the world, from members-only golf courses to high-end yacht clubs. But for Grace Muchiri, these elite facilities are just another day in the office. As the first certified club management professional in North, East, Central, and West Africa, Muchiri is pioneering elite club management practices on the continent. Clubs require exceptional managers...

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A Top Hotelier Reveals the Secret to a Successful Career in Hospitality

Nazir Khamisa rarely has a dull day. As the chief hospitality officer for Simba Corp. in Kenya, he manages the assets for Simba’s five-star properties, Olare Mara Safari Camp and Villa Rosa, and is responsible for turning the company’s latest hotel, Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu, into a top destination for business travelers and domestic tourists....

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How a Former Football Player Became Kenya’s No. 1 Barista

Eric Kithinji was a mean competitor on the football pitch, but now he’s playing in a different league — as a global barista making a mean cup of joe with the world’s finest coffee slingers! In 2006, Kithinji was a rising football star; he was playing on Kenya’s major league football teams. But he left...

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A Candid Conversation With Kigali Marriott Hotel’s HR Director on What She Looks for in New Hires

Marriott is in its final preparations before opening their brand new five-star Kigali hotel. With its 254 rooms, Kigali Marriott Hotel will be among Rwanda’s biggest and most luxurious properties when it opens, presumably in July for attendees of the African Union Summit and in September for the public. Marriott’s pre-opening headquarters in Kigali City...

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