Melissa van Rooij (Tio ‘19) wins second edition of the NXT GM Challenge 2020! 

She succeeds Justus van Dam (HTH19) as General Manager of Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwmeer.

Amsterdam, January 15th  2020 – With more than 100 registrations, HotelloTOP and Postillion can look back on a successful second edition! All applications were reduced to a top 10 on a selection day and were invited to The Challenge Day on Friday, 25 October and Saturday, October 26, 2019. The top three remained and ran an online campaign this fall. This intensive period ended today with the final pitch on the podium of Future Hotello, after which the winner was announced during the congress of the HotelloTOP Year Event.

The NXT GM Challenge

The NXT GM Challenge is a competition in which recent graduates or final-year students from Dutch Hotel Management Schools compete for their dream job; General Manager of four-star location Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwmeer. During the Challenge Day on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2019, the top 3 were compiled by means of an assignment. The 10 candidates have been tested on finance, insight, creativity and entrepreneurship, among other things. The next day, the participants had to give a pitch to the professional jury about their vision regarding the assignment. The candidates also followed a leadership training course by MapsTell, given by Richard Haeck (Q-Staff). This gave them a better understanding of behavioural styles and how to deal with various personalities. Ultimately, 3 worthy finalists emerged; Rico Borst (SHMS “19), Michelle Slinkman (SHMS” 20), and winner Melissa van Rooij (Tio “19). This was an informed decision by an independent jury consisting of Toine Geerens (chairman of the jury), Kim van Velzen (Strategist, KIMspiration), Anouk Dekkers (in a personal capacity), Mascha van Houten (Corporate Recruiter, Cooperative VGZ / Court of Gelderland), Sebastiaan Schaafsma (General Manager, Max Brown Amsterdam) and Diederick Joosten (Panta Holdings BV) and the online votes of the audience. Now Melissa can fulfil her dream and gain a year of experience as General Manager. Melissa will be fully responsible for running the hotel. This means financially, but also operationally and commercially. 

The winner of The NXT GM Challenge was announced during the HotelloTOP Year Event. The HotelloTOP Year Event this year was dedicated to ‘Made in Holland’: Tulips, Cheese and Hotello’s. Several speakers spoke during this congress, including Ilja Gort and the annual Hotello of the Year Award was presented. Then the well-known networking drink took place where the ‘The Recipe’ ended the day in a festive way.  

Melissa van Rooij (Tio ‘19)

Since graduating from Tio, Melissa started as a Guest Relations Coordinator at The Marriott Hotel in Rotterdam. For Melissa, people are central. The jury believes that Melissa is very good at explaining a problem and solving a problem. This is, of course, an important feature as General Manager. Melissa also finds it important to work as a team and she is convinced that a positive working atmosphere leads to better results. Melissa congratulations and good luck with this position!

Are you NXT?!

Melissa van Rooij will be General Manager of Postillion Hotel Amersfoort Veluwemeer from 1 September 2020 to 1 September 2021. Then she can pass the key on to new upcoming talent. From June 2020, talents can register for the third edition of The NXT GM Challenge.

About HotelloTOP 

HotelloTOP is a network platform for hotello’s (students & alumni of European Hotel Management Schools) and decision-makers from the hospitality industry. Through live events and in an informal atmosphere, HotelloTOP offers a platform to gain and exchange knowledge, network with like-minded people and keep up to date with trends and innovations. HotelloTOP also presents two awards annually; the “Hotello of the Year Award” and the “Talent of the Year Award”.

About Postillion Hotels

Postillion Hotels is a Dutch hotel chain with establishments in Amsterdam, Utrecht Bunnik, Rotterdam, Amersfoort Veluwemeer, Arnhem, Deventer and Dordrecht. The hotel chain focuses primarily on the meeting and conference market. With the Meet Work Stay-concept, Postillion Hotels meets all the needs of today’s business traveller. Meet Work Stay is a total concept in which meetings, working and stays form an integrated formula. Innovation and exploration of new opportunities in the market is an important point of attention in the business operations of Postillion Hotels.



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