Robert O. Sanders, Jr. CMP
Founder and Chairman
Robert O. Sanders Jr. is the Founder and Chairman of Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. (HRG), a vertically integrated group of three companies: Event Solutions, Strategic Training Solutions and Allegis Communications
Robert has worked for prestigious, world renowned companies in the hospitality industry, as a management leader in sales, marketing, training and operations. Prior to founding HRG, Robert served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions, the largest catering company in Westchester County, New York, where he managed an organization of fifty and led the development of numerous successful marketing campaigns, increasing business year after year.
Previously, Robert worked for Marriott Corporation, starting in their Hilton Head hotel in 1983. During his twelve year tenure at Marriott, he served as a sales executive, and 1993, was appointed to the position of Director of Catering Sales for the Marriott Marquis, the chain’s flagship hotel in Manhattan.
Robert is extremely active in community affairs, serving as Special Events Advisor and Chairman of the Westchester County Chapter of the American Red Cross, as Board Member of the Westchester County Association, and as a Board Member and Student Teacher for Junior Achievement. In April of 1999, Robert received the honor of being the first recipient of the American Red Cross Samuel J. Friedman Humanitarian Award. He also works with Bridges to Community, and has developed and led humanitarian efforts for business executives to travel to Nicaragua to build homes for families in need.
In 2009, Robert was appointed to the Westchester/Putnam Workforce Investment Board, and assists in the development of regional workforce plans, working with area businesses to promote participation in industry sector training. He also serves as the Chair of the Hospitality Sector of this public/private partnership, and works closely with employers, not for profits and county government in developing workforce strategy and policies to create and maintain employment in the Westchester/Putnam County area.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael’s background includes experience in the areas of sales, marketing and operations management. Prior to joining HRG, he was Director of Marketing for Inspection & Valuation International, Inc. (IVI), an engineering and architectural due diligence firm.
Before IVI, Michael worked for Marriott International. His last position was Director of Event Management at the Westchester Marriott Hotel. During his tenure at Marriott, Michael consulted on several corporate-wide systems upgrades. Before joining Marriott, Michael held various management positions with United Parcel Service, where he gained valuable experience in labor relations and operations. Michael is very active as an advocate for people with developmental disabilities. He has served on the Board of Directors of GROW (Group Residences of Westchester) and PenDennis, both groups dedicated to providing quality housing for people with developmental disabilities. He is an active member of The Westchester County Associations, Call to Action Committee. Michael also serves as an advisor to Bridges to Community and travels annually to Nicaragua to build homes in third world communities.
Laura C. McNerney
Laura’s extensive background in human resources, training and organizational development, retail management, sales and marketing allow her to collaborate with HRG’s corporate clients on many levels. Prior to joining HRG, Laura was Vice President of Human Resources for Doral Hotels and Resorts. She was responsible for all Human Resources and training functions for four properties. Her accomplishments included the design and delivery of a company- wide hospitality training program, the implementation of a cost-effective multi-level benefits program, and the creation of a corporate recognition program. Under Laura’s leadership, the company maintained record low turnover.
Before joining Doral, Laura served as Manager of Human Resources for the American Red Cross in San Diego, California, where she received the prestigious National Tiffany Award for outstanding service and commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross.
Laura is a member of the Westchester Human Resource Management Association and is an active volunteer in her local community and school system.
Mary Jane Sanders
Director of Special Projects
Mary Jane Sanders is the Director of Special Projects for Hospitality Resource Group, specializing in new projects with Strategic Training Solutions. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration, Mary Jane began her professional career with Sheraton Hotels in New Orleans, Louisiana, soon transferring to the Sheraton Bal Harbour Hotel in Miami. After marrying her husband, Robert (CEO of Hospitality Resource Group), they moved to New York where she was a Sales Manager for the Rye Town Hilton Hotel in Rye, NY. After taking some time to raise their two children, Mary Jane re-entered the corporate world, in Human Resources for Ciba Specialty Chemicals in Tarrytown, NY. While at Ciba, Mary Jane, organized and planned the companies’ executive leadership and development training programs for the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the South American Ciba sites. Mary Jane joined HRG in the Spring of 2005.
Special Events Coordinator
Tricia is responsible for providing administrative support for special events and customer training.
Prior to joining HRG, Tricia was a Quality Assurance Engineer for MAI Systems Corporation, responsible for the resolution of product issues through writing and implementing test plans. Tricia was also a senior support representative for Datalogix Corporation, providing product expertise to customers with software issues.
Tricia holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Manhattan College, with a double major in Marketing and Computer Information Systems. She currently resides in Mahopac with her husband and two young sons.
Public Relations and Event Coordinator
Cleopatra Maack-Scheublin joined Hospitality Resource Group as Public Relations and Event Coordinator in October 2004. Cleo graduated from Pace University with a Masters of Science degree in Publishing and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Communications. During Cleo’s academic work she completed several valuable internships, namely at Fairchild Publications’ summits department, Star Magazine’s editorial department, and a public relations internship at Susan Grant Lewin.
Training and Events Specialist
Molly joined Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. as the Director of Business Development in 2002. Her background has given her the experience she needs to work with all three businesses - STS, Allegis, and Event Solutions - and she thoroughly enjoys the versatility of her position and her ability to partner with HRG’s fantastic clients.
Prior to HRG, Molly worked in Training and Development and Human Resources with the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, the Rye Town and Tarrytown Hiltons, and the Westchester Marriott. Her work included the establishment of the first Training Center at several of these properties and, among other programs, she created an aggressive initiative for the Hyatt Regency Greenwich to achieve the AAA “Five Diamond” status.
Molly graduated from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management and she currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Alumnae and chairs the Communications and Student Relations Committees. She speaks conversational American Sign Language and has taken classes at both the New York School for the Deaf and the American School for the Deaf. Molly holds certifications for both Zenger Miller and Development Dimensions International.
Molly is an active volunteer in her community and has been a mentor in The Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut since 2006.