Andrea Maturo, Catering Sales Director, has been part of the team since April 2012. Andrea loves working at a venue with newly renovated event spaces that are full of character and charisma. And she loves the opportunity to connect with her brides and grooms and event planners at a personal level, and meeting so many exciting people at an exciting time in their lives. “Spending time with each new couple doesn’t feel like a business transaction. I love getting to know them as friends.” She takes pride in making sure that clients don’t feel rushed, in encouraging them to ask a million questions, and sharing the moment when they see the ballroom for the first time on their big day. Her advice? “Take it a day at a time. Ask for advice – that’s what we’re here for!” Andrea is devoted to her family, to her dog, and to embarking on new culinary adventures. She even had her own wedding at a Hotels Unlimited wedding venue and it was everything she’s dreamed of!
Susan Zambrana, Catering Sales Coordinator, just recently joined the Windsor Ballroom team, but she already feels right at home. She comes from a retail background, so working face to face with clients is something she has a huge passion for. Event planning started for Susan in her high school days, and her love for it has carried on ever since! Her favorite part about her job is meeting every unique personality that walks through her door. She says, “helping to make the small dreams in people’s lives come true, now those are the victories that make this job special.” As a Disney lover at heart, Susan thinks no dream is too small, and she will work with brides and grooms to make sure that everything on their special day runs smoothly and just how they envisioned.
Diana Cacace, Catering Sales Administrator, began in hospitality after working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL on their Disney College Program in 2015 as a character attendant. Shortly after she got her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and started working for HU in Catering Sales. It’s no surprise that Diana is fun loving and outgoing, and these characteristics are shown in her everyday work. Her favorite part about each day is planning brides and grooms special days, and offering her advice and expertise. From her time at Disney she always remembers, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Her biggest strengths are her attention to detail and her wanting to always go above and beyond for her clients!
Ty Vasquez, Banquet Manager, discovered his love of hospitality back in high school. He was honored to compete in Skills USA for Food and Beverage Service in both high school and college, and we’re proud to say that he placed third in the state of New Jersey! His experience working in hospitality, from a posh Florida country club to an up-and-coming Brick food truck, has taught him how to create an extraordinary experience for every guest. Ty’s savvy decision making and make-it-work attitude help ensure that no obstacle big or small will thwart your special day. He loves being part of a team where everyone pitches in, and takes special pride in maintaining the beauty of our Outdoor Patio and creating “oasis moments” for brides and grooms. In his spare time, Ty is a committed member of the Spartan racing community… which keeps his stamina strong for busy wedding weekends!
Jason Gershon, General Manager, joined Hotels Unlimited in February 2017. He is very proud to lead our Holiday Inn of East Windsor and Windsor Ballroom’s team of dedicated hospitality professionals, as he helps execute everything from weddings to weekend getaways. Jason has over 24 years of hospitality experience. Over the years, he has worked at the front desk, reservations, guest services, bell stand, restaurant, bar, banquets, housekeeping, and catering sales – the full gamut of hospitality. Above all, Jason is passionate about hospitality, and frequently travels to dining and resort destinations to share his passions with his wife and three sons. He has worked events for everyone from former presidents, senators, and governors to hall of fame athletes and famous actors, but every single wedding and event is special and exciting to him because it’s truly the most monumental day of someone’s life. His favorite thing about coming into work each day is that he never knows what the day will bring, but every day is an opportunity to make someone’s life a little bit better. His ability to adapt in any situation he’s facing and smile regardless of how bad things can get are just two of his many strengths. Each day at work Jason reminds himself of his favorite quote by Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.
Thomas Leddy, Executive Chef at Windsor Ballroom, has been cooking up a storm in the kitchen for 35 plus years. He’s worked his way up from a dishwasher to an executive chef, and he has the skills to prove it. He always reminds himself to stay organized, and that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Out of all of the entrees from our new Premier and Exclusive wedding package menus, his favorite is the herb roasted French chicken topped with crab meat and béarnaise sauce. He likes it because he feels it’s something different that makes the Windsor Ballroom stand out. At the end of the day what keeps him coming back to the kitchen are the smiles that he sees when guests sit down to eat during an event. Customer happiness and satisfaction are what drive him to do his absolute best every day!