This month, our spotlight associate is: Krista Waterman, Banquet Captain, Halifax SilverBirch Conference Centre®
My passion for Hospitality stems back to high school. The pressure of deciding which career path to take in life was actually quite simple for me, I wanted to explore all aspects of hospitality, food and travel. My journey in Hospitality has led me to 28 successfully, satisfying years.
My professional credentials consist of 2 diplomas from Nova Scotia Community College in Dining Room Services (with a top student award) and Culinary Arts. Through the Tourism Industry of Atlantic Nova Scotia (TIANS), I earned my certification in food and beverage service as well as my certification as a supervisor. Several years of volunteer work for TIANS led me to Alberta to represent Nova Scotia and revise the certification process across Canada for all Food & Beverage Servers, Banquet Servers, Bartenders, Supervisors and Managers.
My extensive work experience ranges from Banquet Captain and Banquet Manager at prestigious hotels to successfully completing an 18-month contract as ‘Chef de Partie’ at a renowned restaurant in Zürich, Switzerland
SBHR: What is your favourite thing about the SBCC?
KW: Proudly supplying our Halifax clientele with a new hotel concept– from the modern banquet facilities to indulging divine delicacies in Connections Café® throughout the day, we don’t overlook a thing.
SBHR: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
KW: Well I have two – firstly, when I was 11 years old I participated in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo as a jump rope skipper, representing Chebucto Heights Elementary School. And secondly, while traveling in Tangier Morocco I rode a camel, yet I’m terrified to ride a horse!
SBHR: When traveling, what would you say is the most important hotel amenity?
KW: Free Wi-Fi & Free Breakfast!
SBHR: Is there anything your clients are surprised to find out about the SBCC?
KW: Usually our clients are relieved to find out that we provide them with a friendly, qualified banquet team to assist them with set-up for their events. Our user friendly audiovisual system and power to all banquet tables ensure a successful meeting and satisfied repeat clients. Connections Café® is an added bonus where many varieties of delectable delights and tantalizing hot/cold beverages are served throughout the day.