Sierra-at-Tahoe presents Golden Eagle Awards
Clara Fabregas, Dolores Fabregas and Noel Manalo were recognized by their peers Oct. 18 at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort’s annual Golden Eagle Award reception. The three winners were selected from a nomination pool of 15 employees and were chosen for their dedication to Sierra Resort, their commitment to consistent delivery of superior guest experiences and their unwavering professional support of other departments.
Clara Fabregas, manager of Wild Mountain Children’s Center, was awarded the Golden Eagle and is beginning her eighth season at Sierra Resort. Originally from Argentina, Fabregas came to the United States on a J-1 visa as a ski instructor. After her third winter season at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, she decided to stay for good. “At first, I was just a college student trying to learn English, then I met my husband and found a family at Sierra Resort. There is so much support here, both professionally and in everyday life. There are so many opportunities to grow my skills and to contribute to the growth of the resort,” Fabregas said.
Dolores Fabregas, human resources supervisor, was awarded the Silver Eagle and also is beginning her eighth season at Sierra Resort. She also came to Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort from Argentina on a J-1 visa as a ski instructor. Having studied human resources in Argentina, Dolores Fabregas moved to the HR department at Sierra Resort, where she found the culture she was looking for.
“Sierra Resort is focused on taking care of its internal guests resulting in success with its external guests, rather than strictly focusing on compliance. I love my job, and I love doing it at Sierra Resort,” she said.
“The fact that two employees who started their careers as J-1 visa employees were chosen as this year’s Golden and Silver Eagle winners highlights the importance of international employees to Sierra Resort,” said John Rice, general manager of Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. “Clara and Dolores are perfect examples of why we love to bring in college students from other countries. They are dedicated to Sierra Resort, they want to grow themselves professionally and personally, and they offer diverse views and ideas. Clara has executed her vision of Wild Mountain Children’s Center over the last few years turning into one of the premier children’s ski and snowboard centers in Northern California.”
Taking the Bronze Eagle this year was Noel Manalo, a member of Sierra Resort’s vehicle maintenance team. Manalo came to Sierra Resort after a career working for local automotive dealers.
“I had heard this was a great place to work and they had heard I was a great mechanic. It was just one of those things that happens in a small town with a tight group of people,” Manalo said.
When asked how he feels about winning, Manalo becomes very humble. “I was totally surprised. I’m used to being behind the scenes. I never expected that so many of my co-workers recognized what I do to help keep the resort running smoothly.”
Manalo came from the Philippines with his family when he was just 5 years old. He now lives here with his partner, Laura Peralta, and their three children, Jake, 25, Joe, 20, and Jenna, 19 along with four dogs and two cats.
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