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MICEBTN - MARCH-MAY 2017 • Page 53 contact CLASSIFIEDS Regular, targeted sales information delivers long-term objectives, now with a website banner ad option Use attractive rates of MICEBTN CLASSIFIEDS to advantage Let Sofia create an attractive schedule that works for you T: 08 9382 8388 E: email@example.com Take 5 with Stephen Morahan Company: Aloft Perth – Marriott International Position: General manager My first real job: My first part time job when I was 15 was as a checkout person with K-mart. My first full time job was as a food and beverage trainee in what was the Metro Inn Hotel across from the old Sydney Entertainment Centre. I am very good at: Not being very good at anything in particular. My toughest assignment: The Westin Siray Bay in Phuket. My first internation- al assignment. Learning a new language, in a new culture, in a challenging loca- tion. The Westin is on the Eastern side of Phuket, compared with the sexier, more well-known west coast of the island. I enjoy: Being outside and active, wheth- er it be surfing, training and competing in triathlons, being in the ocean, or in a river fishing, experiencing beautiful food and wine or travelling to new and interesting places. I really need to: Learn to slow down. I enjoy moving at such a fast pace that sometimes I feel I am missing out on the journey. Also, I need to get my Sausage dog Rosie, from Singapore to Australia. My proudest achieve- ment: Completing two degrees, including an MBA and becoming a general manager. When my school results were not good enough to get me into a university at the com- pletion of my HSC, I had no idea what I wanted to do. You can achieve anything if you are committed, work hard and want it enough. Greatest inspiration: There are many who provide me with inspiration, howev- er, they all possess similar qualities and they are people who have vision, and have built successful businesses and careers through persistence, hard work and determination. Advice to anyone starting a career: Be honest, trustworthy, do the right thing and work extremely hard. If you give it everything you have, and believe you will become whatever it is you wish to become, you will get there. To relax: Moving with a purpose. I cannot be stationary unless I am exhaust- ed from doing what I enjoy. It may seem strange to many, but I find that relaxing. My dream vacation: Anywhere surfing or skiing with friends and family enjoying fabulous food and wine. It is more about sharing the experience with others than the location. Favourite venue: The Rooftop Ballroom and Terrace on top of the Aloft Perth is very special. I have never experienced a ballroom that has an open kitchen, and such spectacular views from three of its four sides. Favourite airline: Qantas. Very consistent. Favourite hotel/resort: Twin Palms Resort at Surin Beach in Phuket, Thailand. Well-appointed rooms, great staff, fabulous facilities (particularly the pool) and close to everything. They just do all the smaller stuff really well.