All members hold human resources positions in the hospitality industry. The Hospitality Human Resources Association of Broward County meets monthly – the first Thursday of each month.
Our first meeting was held in March 1998. Our mission is to educate and develop Human Resources professionals not only benefiting them, but also their organizations.
Officers of HHRABC
April Mazza – President
April has been in Human Resources since 1996. She has been in the hospitality business for the past 30 years working in Human Resources for hotels such as HEI Hotels- Sheraton Airport, Renaissance Cruise Port and Residence Inn Clearwater for 9 years. Prior to that the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Hilton Hotels Corporation and the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort for ten years, five as Food & Beverage Director.
She has been a member of the HHRABC since it first began in 1998.
Dr. Shelly Cameron – Vice President
Dr. Shelly Cameron is an Author, Coach, and HR/OD Consultant. She consults with organizations going through strategic systems and/or people change, as well as personally with mid-career Managers and Professionals going through transition.
With Doctorate in Education/Organizational Leadership; Masters Health Administration, and Masters Human Resource Management, Dr. Cameron has worked with major Pharmaceutical Giant GlaxoSmithKline International, managing its Human Resource portfolio for countries in the Caribbean and Central America for over 14 years. She has also consulted with diverse industries including Hospitality, Healthcare, Media, and Education across South Florida and other states for more than 10 years.
Dr. Cameron also partners with the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington DC, advocating on various community development issues at the State Department and other leading Government entities. She serves as chief judge for the annual 30 Under 30 Millennials at The Inter-American Development Bank, Washington DC.
Her research “The Leadership Challenge” was recognized by Nova Southeastern University and published in the Journal of American Academy of Business Cambridge (JAABC). Through her books and seminars on Leadership, Success Strategies, and Career Development, she has appeared in the media including the Miami Herald, and on several Radio shows in New York, and Baltimore Maryland.
Dr. Shelly Cameron has been a member of HHRABC since 2014.
Rafe Jacobs – Treasurer
Rafe began his hospitality career as a night auditor while attending college and found his passion for the industry. Rafe has gained experience in nearly every department in hotels including Human Resources, Guest Services, Housekeeping, Engineering, Food & Beverage, Accounting, and Marina Services in a variety of Independent Hotels as well as national chains including Marriott, Renaissance, Hilton, and IHG Hotels. Rafe is currently the Director of Human Resources for the B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Over the past decade, he served as Director of Human Resources for the Marriott Palm Beach Gardens and as the Director of Human Resources, Director of Operations, and Dock Master for the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Rafe previously served on the board of HHRABC as Vice President, Secretary, and Membership Coordinator.
Maggy Smith – Membership Coordinator
Maggy Smith comes to us with over 25 years of progressive Human Resources generalist expertise from various industries including law firm, hospitality, manufacturing, non-profit, retail and media communications. Corporations have included Sheraton Bal Harbor, Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson company, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, News Corporation and Sean John Fashion company.
Throughout her career, Maggy’s primary factor to success is her proven ability and passion to learn the core business, develop and implement best practices relative to the unique culture within each industry. Maggy’s leadership style effectively balances a pragmatic management approach and effective innovative employee relation skills. Maggy’s philosophy is based on the belief that HR is a business partner that develops effective people strategy to grow the business and strongly believes in providing the highest level of excellence in service thru the continuous development and engagement of the company’s most valuable asset, its employees.
Maggy has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Fordham University, NYC; a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, a Lean Six Sigma White Belt and has earned a Human Resources Professional certification (PHR). Maggy’s additional language skills in Spanish, Creole and French, has also proven to be value added in the various industries.
Maggy enjoys creating special moment with her many nieces and nephews, planning events, a fanatical salsa dancer and engaging in professional development events. Maggy is a dynamic, personable, passionate professional dedicated to providing an excellent experience in the workplace towards achieving the organizational mission and goals.