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Asian Star- Pradeep Kr. Dewan (Kumar)

PICNative village/Country, parents’ background
Originally from Delhi but I have spent most of my student life in Kolkata. Mother has been a Housewife and my father has been in the Indian Judiciary system.
Your early education
I have done my education from Irish School “St, Joseph’s College” and have completed my Post Graduation from International Hotel & Travel Training Institute in Switzerland. I am also an Alumni of Cornell University, USA and have acquired “Executive Leadership Certification” from Cornell University. Recently I have graduated from Wyndham Hotel Group as a “Certified Hotel General Manager”.
When & why you came to Canada?
I came to Edmonton, Canada in September’2015 along with my wife and 2 children.
What you did for initial survival?
I was only of those few lucky immigrants who got his first break within 2 weeks of landing as a “Night Manager” in a 234 rooms Delta Edmonton South. I worked there for 6 months before transiting into my usual Hotel General Manager position.
Your career advancement initiatives and present occupation
I am seasoned Hospitality professional who is proactive, focused and committed with extensive expertise gained within the Leisure/Business and entire Hospitality sector. Commercially astute, with the ability to identify business opportunities and implement effective promotional/marketing activities to raise corporate profile and consolidate year on year expansion. An accomplished time manager, organizer and change manager, capable of conceptualizing, introducing and integrating innovative strategies, streamlining resources to maximize performance and quality standards to ensure the ongoing provision of the highest standards of customer care. I have specialized in Executive Leadership, Hotel Operations, Sales Management, Marketing research, Product planning and development, Branding, Service Marketing, Human Capitalization and have excellent knowledge of Customer Relationship Management and Strategic Management functioning. I desire to work in an environment that offers International service standards and believes in delivering Exceptional Guest services to exceed the expectations of every Guest. I have experience working with diverse Nationalities. I worked with over 150 Nationalities that has helped me to grow and appreciate diversity. I can speak and conduct business in English & other Regional Asian Languages.

Presently I am working as a Hotel General Manager and am in charge of the Group Hotels performance. Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management, Brand Management, Strategic Alliances, Human Resources etc. are my forte. Responsible for Multiple Unit Operations within the Hotel Group which owns Wyndham’s Ramada, Starwood’s Aloft, Four Points By Sheraton, Best Western Hotels.
Your regret in life
Not a regret but since childhood I wanted to be a Commercial Airline Pilot.
Pick any one of your the best achievements
When I got promoted twice in two consecutive years at Preferred Hotel Group, USA as a Sr. Vice President of Operations.
Were you ever discriminated?
The word discrimination is a tool used by week and losers who fail to achieve what they desire for. People who are committed and focus with Never Die attitude don’t use this word.
What you miss in Canada?
Canada is a wonderful Country with umpteen opportunities and I am glad many of our community folks have taken advantage of the opportunity and have attained great heights in their career. Still the warmth and family value is missed big time.
Are you happy in Canada?
Sure I am. As long as I can pursue my career and have my family and friends around me I am happy.
Why?
Canada is a wonderful Country with good welfare system. From the safety point too, it’s a great Country for living and raising kids.
Any comments on Canada’s weather
Well initially I was finding it difficult to cope up with the extreme weather but now I guess I am use to it.
Any comments on Canada’s culture
Well Canada’s majority population comprises of mostly immigrants from various Countries. So there is good blend in the cultural value. One gets to learn a lot from this.
What brought you success in Canada?
I don’t consider myself as successful yet although I know I will one day.
Are you willing to help new immigrants?
Sure I am.
How?
By giving employments.
Your message for Asians of Canada
Fellow Asians, it is not a message but this is what I feel. We all have come to this great nation with hopes, desires, and dreams. I personally feel that the joy of your success will be incomplete if one does not have somebody to share those joys. Family and children are the only real Assets. If we don’t realize that, we will only be left with life-less structures and numbers in the Bank Account.

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