Get to know Mellany Arbues, our "Maven of the Month" brought to you by the WVCBA Women in Business committee. Mellany is Area Director of Operations for Sonesta Hotels and has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years. She supports six hotels, including Sonesta Select Camarillo, which graciously hosted the Women in Business July networking mixer.
As someone doing business in the region, how does the Alliance help you?
The Alliance has been a wonderful partner. Sonesta Select and Sonesta Hotels is a fairly new brand in Ventura County and with the Alliance's support, we are getting our brand to be recognized in our community. We look forward to further connecting with the Alliance, Ventura County communities and businesses.
What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
Sonesta as a brand has been around for over 80 years now. We have 280 hotels, 6 different brands, we have 21 hotels in Southern California as well as hotels in Hawaii, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten and Egypt to name a few. Did I mention that we also have a cruise line in Egypt?
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
My hotel has been in Ventura County since 1990. The hotel converted to Sonesta Select in February 2021. Since the brand is not well known in the County, partnering with the Alliance has been very beneficial for us in connecting with the community and its businesses. I would highly recommend to join the West Ventura County Business Alliance