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An academic counselor sparked Ashley Amarillas’ career in hospitality after Ashley expressed interest in becoming a wedding planner and shared about hostessing in a restaurant during high school. The counselor suggested that Ashley pursue hospitality management, which matched her skills and interests.
From Allan Hancock College, Ashley pursued a hospitality management degree at the highly rated program at California State University, Long Beach. There, she worked in various restaurants, learning about chef-driven establishments, farm-to-table dining, and the difference between a bartender and a mixologist. Eventually, she saw how freshly squeezed lemon juice and farm-fresh basil could elevate a drink and how lavender-infused cocktails could enhance a dining experience. Each opportunity allowed her to grow her knowledge and familiarity with a variety of industry operations through the lens of exceptional customer service.
Just before graduation, the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel invited Ashley to join their staff as a concierge. Within nine months, they promoted her to Guest Relations Manager, a challenge she loves as she creates happy and memorable experiences for her guests. When they step onto the property, she treats them like they are stepping into her home. She wants to provide an extraordinary experience and be the best hostess in Santa Barbara.
Ashley hopes to one day serve as a hotel executive. And if her path from hostess to a server to a manager is any indication, she is definitely heading in the right direction.
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The hospitality industry has unlimited opportunities! With nearly 25,000 jobs in Santa Barbara County, this thriving industry offers countless avenues for job seekers of all types— from those who want to engage with customers to those interested in operations and administration, from students and new graduates to seasoned veterans, from native speakers to those who are multilingual.
Your future career awaits with flexible hours and advancement potential in a diverse, creative, dynamic environment. Whether in lodging, food and beverage, or recreation, there are unlimited options for you to explore.