When you think hard working and dedicated, you think Maria Rios. A member of both our NYC and LI teams, Maria Rios is the type of staff member who would commute into Manhattan only to commute out of Manhattan if it meant helping out a client in need. Maria is a manager's dream. She not only loves to work, but she brings a passion for hospitality and commitment to good service that few have ever seen before. Whether it's working in the city or out on Long Island, when Maria is at an event we just know it is going to be a success! We recently sat down with this star staff member to learn a bit more about her. Check it out below.
1. How long have you been working with us, Maria? It's already been two years! My how time flies!
2. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
3. What attracted you to the hospitality industry? Someone once said: “It always seems impossible until it is done." That’s exactly the feeling I get when I am at work. What I love about hospitality is the adrenaline. The passion. The interactions. I LOVE what I’m doing. The feeling I get every morning when I start working, not knowing what will be happen that day, and at the end of the day, the satisfaction of the work done. It's priceless.
4. What's your favorite part about working for AYS? I get to meet so many fascinating people, from the clients and the managers to our staff and the staff at the locations we are going to. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to worked with some survivors from 9/11. They were people just like us, working in catering on those buildings. After I heard them, I could not have felt more blessed to been working with them. Their stories are simply AMAZING. Also, just working for AYS in general - it's the first time in 13 years in this business where I've feel part of something. Working for AYS is knowing someone cares.
5. How do you unwind after a long day? After an stressful day, I love to just chill with my dogs (pictured above). In the summer, I pick them up and take them for long walks at the beach. And of course, a great Malbec after a long day always help! Ha!
To work with Maria and the other star staff members that make up the AYS team, click here.