Angeline Holder-Cunningham, 32, works in Broward County, FL, as complex director of catering and events at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Holder-Cunningham discusses her passion for the events industry.
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What I do: I lead the catering and events team at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach with a budget of $7.5 million in event revenue and 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. We specialize in high-level corporate retreats, incentive meetings, corporate meetings and a wide range of social events.
How I got here: I earned a degree in hospitality from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Bluche, Switzerland, followed by a bachelor’s in F&B management, event and sports management from Johnson & Wales University in Miami. I have had the honor to be part of the Conrad and Hilton family for 10 years, moving up the ranks from catering administrative assistant to my current position.
Greatest career accomplishment: I led a successful and young team to deliver the highest-generating revenue year the hotel had seen so far while maintaining a high level of quality and productivity in our execution and delivery of events.
What I do outside of work: I am part of a nonprofit cultural Panamanian dancing group. It is fulfilling and keeps me close to my roots. My 3-year-old daughter loves to come to our rehearsals, and it also helps me immerse her in our culture. As part of this nonprofit, we organize performances for churches, communities, schools and nursing homes. We have also participated in international shows and TV shows such as “Premios Lo Nuestro” with Juan Luis Guerra and DJ Flex.