This March, Borgata celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring their phenomenal female team members. Throughout the month, Borgata will be profiling associates who truly define what it means to be not only a remarkable woman, but a remarkable employee. In this post, we’re highlighting team members who work in our Food and Beverage and Spa departments.
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? I love the fact I work here at Borgata and that I am able to lead such a great group of individuals in creating the best customer experience possible.
How do you feel you impact the people around you? I try to lead by example and show compassion to people and their situations.
What is the one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? My mom’s advice was the best: be kind to people. If you can help someone, do so without reservation.
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be? Julia Roberts, of course.
Lauren Fahy, Sous Chef
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? I volunteer at Voorhees Animal Shelter. I have always loved animals and I used to volunteer there as a child. It really made my love of helping homeless animals grow. My own fur baby, Nathan, is a rescue dog and he is a great joy in my life.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you work? Kindness and patience. I have always lived by the quote, “You get more bees with honey than with vinegar.” I truly believe being kind, patient, and putting a smile on your face will get you so much further in life than anything else.
What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? I want to swim with pigs in the Bahamas. Pigs are my favorite animal and there is an island in the Bahamas where you can swim with pigs. It is on the top of my bucket list.
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? Seven days a week, I represent Borgata’s five amazing fine dining restaurants for group dining. It just doesn’t get much better than that.
What is your definition of success? It has changed quite a bit over the years. To me, it is not about financial gain, personal possessions, or a job title. I believe you have achieved success when you reach a point in your life where you are comfortable in your own skin and happy to live each day to the fullest.
What is the one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? It only takes one person to make a difference.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher? My parents. From a very early age, I saw both of my parents’ involvement in civic and professional volunteerism. You learn by example.
Allison Diamond, Catering Manager
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? We have a large group that comes every year and one year they decided to leave for another property. They found out that the customer service wasn’t the same as it was at Borgata and decided to break their contract and come back with only 6 weeks until their program. It was a whirlwind to plan an event for 2,500 people in that time period, but it went off without a hitch.
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? My favorite part of the job is customer relationships. I’ve had some groups that I’ve been working with for 11 years and it’s nice to have a shared goal with them and see their event through completion.
Who’s is someone you really admire? I admire all working moms. It’s challenging to work all day and then “work” again when you get home, but it’s the most rewarding job.
What is one piece of advice you received which has changed your life? If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? Being selected to be featured by Borgata as an outstanding woman is probably the highlight of my career at Borgata. I love that the company is recognizing individuals for the impact they have on their community, large and small.
Who is someone you really admire? I admire my daughter. She has so many selfless, empathetic qualities as a teenager, and her work ethic and time management skills are top notch!
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? I am a volunteer coach for a youth cheerleading program in Brigantine. I began coaching to get involved with my daugher’s extra curricular activities. She has since moved on to high school and I am still coaching.
What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? I am currently taking college classes and would like to graduate in the next year.
Becky Schultz, Vice President of Food and Beverage
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? I enjoy seeing customers with their friends and family having a great time at one of Borgata’s bars or restaurants. I love to watch Food and Beverage team members engage with their customers to create wonderful memories. Creating these memories comes from every position, both front and back of the house, working together to ensure every step of the experience is seamless.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher? My children. They have shown me how to be more patient, how to be a better teacher, how to let go a little more and let someone try and try again, lending guidance when needed.
How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do for a living? I would never believe it. We didn’t have a lot growing up so going out to a restaurant was not something we really did. I was 15 years old and went to Denny’s for the first time with some friends from high school when I discovered mozzarella sticks were a thing.
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? When I started in the spa department in 2005 as a Spa Operations Shift Manager, I set the goal of becoming the Director of Spa Operations, which I achieved in 2010.
Who is someone you really admire? I admire my sister who manages her family and work life extremely well. She has a job that requires travel and long hours, but still finds the time for all of her children’s activities and maintaining a strong family unit.
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? I recently joined the board of the Stockton Women’s Leadership Foundation and am excited to help mentor young women and give them the skills for successful careers.
How many years have you been at Borgata? I have been at Borgata since we opened in 2003 and just celebrated my sixteen year anniversary. My favorite memory is the opening of Immersion Spa in 2008 because I was very involved in the menu creation, staff hiring and training, and creating the overall experience.
Pamela Brunozzi, Manicurist
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? I would say it was when I was asked to open the Immersion Spa nail spa. I felt proud and grateful that my management team believed in me and trusted me with their ideas.
What is your definition of success? Hard work and knowing what you want is how I define success. Also, I learned a lot about success from my daughter. She runs a successful business, has a job she reports to every day, keeps a house, is a wife and a mother of two small kids. I think she’s always motivated me to set a goal and go for it.
Who is someone you really admire? Without a doubt, it is my sister who is fighting her fourth battle with breast cancer. She never gives up. She has a will that is stronger than anyone that I know. Despite her struggles, she gets up every day and kicks butt, regardless of how she is feeling.
What is something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before? I would love to take a vacation just for me. In my 53 years, I have never done that. The other thing I would like to do is pack sandwiches and care packages and drive around to different cities and deliver them to homeless people.