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Brian Hardy Named General Manager and Nerissa Hopkin Named
Deputy General Manager at Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada
GRENADA (Oct. 31, 2005) – In keeping with its impeccably high service standards, Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada has promoted Brian Hardy, CHA, to the position of General Manager and Nerissa Hopkin to the post of Deputy General Manager.  
“It is with great pleasure and the utmost confidence that we promote these two incredibly valuable individuals to higher management positions at our property,” said Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, Owner and Chairman of Spice Island Beach Resort.  
“Both Brian and Nerissa have played key roles in directing the resort’s $12 million renovation and refurbishment, and when Spice re-opens on Dec. 15, 2005, the property will feature the finest five-star appointments and a management team well-poised to ensure a five-star vacation experience,” he added.
Brian Hardy – General Manager

Before assuming the role of General Manager, Brian Hardy was the Resort Manager for the past four years and the Assistant Manager for the two years prior.  As General Manager, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of the property as well as be responsible for managing a staff of 125 people, ensuring total guest satisfaction, and helping build a strong repeat client base.
Before joining the team at Spice, Hardy was Executive Assistant Manager at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in St. Lucia and Personnel and Training Manager of the Rex Grenadian in Grenada.
Hardy brings extensive training in human resource development and expertise in hotel management to Spice.  In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts degree, Hardy has a diploma in Hospitality Management and is a Certified Food & Beverage Executive and a Certified Human Resources Executive.  He most recently attained new stripes as a Certified Hotel Administrator.  He has also completed the advanced program in Human Resources Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as the Human Resources Management curriculum at the University of the West Indies.
Nerissa Hopkin, Deputy General Manager

Prior to her promotion, Hopkin was the Assistant Manager for six years.  As Deputy General Manager, she handles all overseas purchasing for Spice and personally ensures that the overall operations of the resort are executed according to the vision of Sir Royston.  Furthermore, Hopkin functions as the creative director for all of the resort’s advertising, collateral material, and website production.  In addition to being Deputy General Manager, Hopkin is one of the resort Directors, a title she was bestowed in 2000.
Hopkin has had overall 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Before returning home to Grenada in January 1998, Hopkin worked in reservations and customer service at the CN Tower in Toronto and then went on to join the Swallow Hotel Group in England where she went through their rigorous management-training program.  She started at Spice as the Assistant to the General Manager in 1998 before being promoted to Assistant Manager in 1999. 
Hopkin recently graduated from Strayer University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor’s Degree, Honours Cum Laude, in Business Administration and Management.  She returned home in August 2005 to assume her new strategic role. 
Hopkin also holds diplomas in both Hotel Management and Food & Beverage Management from the George Brown College School of Hospitality in Toronto, Canada. 

When Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada re-opens on Dec. 15, 2005, it will introduce an unmatched level of accommodations and unprecedented brand of chic style and timeless luxury.  Spice Island Beach Resort will feature 64 elegantly-appointed rooms (two less than its previous room count because two new, super-spacious suites being built will each take the place of two former suites), the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a fitness center, an open-air, beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool and jacuzzi, a tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.  

Spice Island Beach Resort
Grand Anse Beach, P.O. Box 6
St. George’s, Grenada, West Indies
telephone 473-444-4258
Also See: Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada Appoints New Resort Management, Food and Beverage Posts / Jan 2002
Grenadian Hotelier Royston Hopkin Receives Knighthood Title from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II / May 2005

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