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Amani Vernescu

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Amani Vernescu's journey in the hospitality industry began at a young age, setting the stage for a remarkable career spanning over 27 years. Born in Kuwait and of Palestinian origin, Amani's passion for quality and dedication to excellence have been the cornerstones of her success.
At the age of 16, Amani embarked on her professional journey, moving away from her family home in Cyprus to pursue opportunities in the hospitality sector. She was handpicked and hired by the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel – CY, marking the beginning of an illustrious tenure that lasted over 19 years. Throughout her tenure, Amani navigated various departments and ultimately assumed a pivotal role in quality control for the luxurious property.

In 2013, fueled by her unwavering passion for quality and her drive for personal and professional growth, Amani made the bold decision to chart a new course by establishing her own company, Quality Focus. Under her leadership, Quality Focus has redefined leadership development solutions and strategic hospitality and quality management through bespoke services tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

A firm believer in the power of human connection and effective communication, Amani emphasizes the importance of establishing genuine connections to drive customer satisfaction and market share. Her holistic approach has garnered praise from a diverse portfolio of clients, including prestigious five-star hotels, restaurant management companies, and organizations across multiple industries, both locally and internationally.

Amani's dedication to excellence extends beyond her professional endeavors, as evidenced by her commitment to ongoing education and self-development. She holds degrees in Hospitality & Tourism, Business Administration Management, and Strategic Hospitality Management from Cornell University. Additionally, she is a certified Vocational Trainer (CVT – level 5) by the Cyprus Human Resources Development Authority (HRDA) and a Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) by the American Hotels & Lodging Educational Institute.

A trailblazer in her field, Amani's contributions have been recognized with accolades such as the "Cyprus Business Woman of the Year Award 2016" and nominations for the "Arab Woman of the Year 2017 Award." She has also served as a judge for prestigious awards, including the Cyprus Business Woman of the Year Award and the Russian Business Woman Award.

A sought-after motivational speaker, Amani continues to inspire audiences with her insights and expertise. Her unwavering commitment to excellence and her dedication to fostering collaborative cultures have left an indelible mark on the hospitality industry, making her a respected leader and influencer in her field.
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