CONTRIBUTOR: Emma Castle & Mary Sue Rogers
GETTING TO KNOW MARY SUE ROGERS
Who is Mary Sue? And how did she get involved in the tourism and hospitality industry? Read on to find out more about our HR specialist.
Where did you grow up?
Lots of places but I spent the most time in Detroit.
What’s your favourite thing about your work?
Having a sense of accomplishment. Not only designing a new strategy for a business but helping them achieve the change required to implement.
How did you find the B Hive?
I have spent many years in the HR/Talent Management area leading businesses in organisations like PwC and IBM to help transform the HR function. I met Tammy through a mutual friend and we have collaborated ever since. When The B Hive has projects that fit my skills and experience, I get on board to help that client solve their business challenges.
What else do you have going on outside of work?
Lots. My passion is travel and scuba diving. I love bike rides (100 km plus) and I do a lot of volunteer and charity work.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer. I wanted to save all the people who were being thrown into jail who were not guilty. After spending a summer as an intern in the public defender’s office I realised I did not want to be a lawyer and all the people pretty much were guilty
What was your first job?
Serving ice cream cones at the zoo and then I moved upmarket to making cocktails in a bar. My first proper job was as a shift foreman managing a team of 20 guys making chrome plated bumpers.
What attracted you to this kind of work?
I love to travel and I am an avid scuba diver. I love solving business problems and building business strategies. And the tourism industry has plenty of business problems to solve. It needs new strategies to help it grow into the future.
If money were no object and you could have a year’s sabbatical, what would you do?
Work on solving a global problem – like plastic straws destroying the ocean.
Where are your favourite travel destinations and why?
Anywhere with an ocean. Indonesia, Thailand, any of the Islands (Solomon, Papua New Guinea, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cuba – I could keep going).
What is the one thing you wish all your clients did?
Worked off data instead of emotion. Too many business decisions are based on gut feel and emotion and not enough on facts.
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