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Trista Thomas
SHRM-CP

Originally from Connecticut, Trista relocated from Metro Atlanta to New Orleans in 2017 to advance her career in Human Resources Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Manager. She has spent the past 16 years of her career working in the Hospitality Industry. Prior to the Hospitality Industry, she worked 12 years in Intercollegiate Athletics as an Assistant Sport Center Director, where she oversaw the operations of the Student Athletics Facility and had the opportunity to mentor, train, and develop thousands of young college students in adulthood.

Throughout her career, Trista has been recognized as selfless, skilled, trustworthy, committed to excellence, focused, and leads by example. As the Employment Manager with Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Trista was responsible for Talent Management, Training, and Employee Engagement, all critical to the success of an organization. Trista enhanced the selection process that substantially improved the attraction, selection, and retention of top talent resulting in a record reduction in turnover, re-imagined New Hire Orientation and was key in growing employee engagement by 20 points. Although Trista possesses a diverse HR generalist skill set, her strengths are recruiting, employee engagement, coaching and counseling, and ensuring HR Compliance. Her experience also includes managing International Intern Programs, including work in VISA Sponsor on development of Training Program, training, and orientation. In 2019, Trista was selected to assist the Sonesta International Hotel CEO with their new Mission and Value Rollout.

Trista holds a SHRM Certification with Society of Human Resources Management, Employing Abilities @Work Certification with SHRM Foundation, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certification, Certification in Hospitality and Tourism Management, FAU, and she is a certified Predictive Index Practitioner.

In Trista's spare time, she enjoys crafting, cooking, and attending sporting events.

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