Meet our Long Tenure Staff

Meet the long standing members of the Team!

“The only source of knowledge is experience”-Albert Einstein

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing some of our long tenure staff, that play a vital role in the growth of our hotel.

We asked some of the team a few questions about their time here at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites Conference Centre. Read our blog and meet our long tenure staff!

  • How long have you been here and what is your current role?
  • What is your most memorable experience during your time working here?
  • What has kept you here for some many years?

Philip Bryant – Director of Sales

Philip, has been with our hotel for over 36 years. During Philip’s time with the hotel he has held a number of different positions in front office operation and revenue management

When asked what his most memorable experience was to date , he said it was when he was working as the reservation manager, he met his wife Corrine who was the front office manager at the time.

When asked what has kept him here for so many year, Philip said “In this industry the grass is probably not greener on the other side if there is no drought and you are a competent groundskeeper”.

Meet our Long Tenure Staff

Philip Bryant -Director of Sales

Drew Barnes, Concierge

Drew joined the team in 1991 in concierge

He stated that when he joined the team he never thought he would remain for such a long period of time with our hotel. Prior to joining our hotel, Drew held several jobs in a variety of industries. Drew is a 4th generation Vancouverite and has a love for the city, which makes Drew a great ambassador for his home town. Drew enjoys sharing his local knowledge with all our guests and keeping abreast of all the changes within the city. Drew relishes the continuous changes within the hotel under the guidance of our General Manager, Anastasios Theodoropoulos.

Drew confirmed that “I’m happy to have been a part of such a positive transformation at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites Conference Centre. I look forward to the next few years as senior concierge here, and feel very fortunate to have a job I truly enjoy.”

Meet our Long Tenure Staff

Drew Barnes- Concierge

Cynthia Yolanda Bezemer, Server

This December, Cynthia will be celebrating her 35th  anniversary with us. Cynthia informed us that the highlights of working with us is the great staff party’s and picnics that are held during the year. What has kept Cynthia here for all these year’s? She says it’s the working environment that feels more like a family!

Meet some of the Team!

Cynthia Yolanda Bezmer- Restaurant Server

Bruce Sargent, Duty Manager

Bruce joined our hotel in February 1993 as a night auditor and held this position for 10 years. Bruce is currently a duty manager a position that he has held since February 2003. Bruce shared one of his funniest memories of the hotel was when we had several Mariachi bands staying at the hotel and for several hours during the day at least one of the bands were in the lobby in full costume and rehearsing. When asked by the hotel guest what was going on, Bruce told them our lobby music system was down and this was our back up system! 🙂

Meet some of the Team!

Bruce Sargent- Duty Manager

We thank you for your participation and for all your marvellous year’s services!

Together you have a combine total of 109 years of service with our hotel! It is a pleasure to work with you all and we look forward to building these relations for many more years!

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