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In Trainor vs. HEI, HEI executives on the stand speak about a general manager and senior executives they had plans to demote or fire, and another senior staff member they felt didn’t fit in with the company’s culture. In reference to former Senior Vice President Lisa Impagliazzo, Chief Operating Officer Ted Darnall states:
“She wasn’t the right interpersonal skills for the culture we were trying to create.”
But what kind of culture is HEI trying to create?
Darnall explains how proud he is of the level of diversity among general managers at HEI’s 37 owned and operated hotels.
“And I’ll tell you, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. If you look at our organization from the general manager level compared to companies our size, we just promoted our first African American general manager. We have two people of color. We have six women. We have an Hispanic. We have a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and that was important to me that we had diversity.”
Is two people of color among 37 really something to be proud of?
“Then I made the decision that the guy — the weakest link right now was Tim Digby, and that we would have to find something else for Tim to do.” Click here to read the entire section.
“Ted came back to me within a day or two and said he can’t move, something about his kids in a different school and his wife doesn’t want to move. And I said, that’s a freakin’ problem.” Click here to read the entire section.
Mendell talks about his level of respect for hotel managers – “At the time we had 30 hotels, but there’s probably six or seven that are people I respect and I called them up.” Click here to read the entire section.