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The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas

  • One Ocean Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
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Gaman Guadagni

Resort Manager
“Great guest engagement is a direct reflection of how we cultivate and elevate our team; it’s all about teaching and connecting.”

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • 2003-2013; 2021 to present
  • First Four Seasons assignment: Overnight Manager, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Employment History

  • KSL Resorts – Camelback Resort; Aramark – Yosemite Hospitality; Caesars Entertainment – Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel, Las Vegas; Caesars Entertainment – Harrah’s, Las Vegas; Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta; Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort at Troon North

Education

  • Arizona State University – W.P. Carey School of Business, AZ - Master of Business Administration, ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens Greece (concentration in Greek Economics), WU Executive Academy, Vienna Austria (concentration in Austrian Economics)
  • Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, Minor in International Economic Relations, Bachelor of Arts – Sociology

Birthplace

  • Mogadishu, Somalia 

Languages Spoken

  • English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Somali

Gaman Guadagni is a welcome addition to The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas. Having travelled all over the world, his career spans two decades of hospitality experience with his first positions beginning with Four Seasons in 2003. Holding various operations and management positions throughout his career, Gaman has worked everywhere from Arizona and California to Las Vegas, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Now, he takes on the Resort Manager position at The Ocean Club where he oversees the Resort’s operations.

Although born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Gaman grew up in Trieste, Italy and now goes back to Florence each year to visit his family. This is his first position in the Caribbean, and what brought him over to The Ocean Club was his passion for working with Four Seasons and travelling throughout his career to follow the brand. A fan of the James Bond 007 franchise, he was drawn to The Ocean Club as the property has played backdrop to various Bond films throughout the years, including the 2006 remake of Casino Royale.

Gaman has worked in many iconic destinations, but his hospitality career began in Vegas where he worked for many years with Harrah’s Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment. “A career highlight for me was having my fingerprint on the extensive renovation of the 3,500-room Harrah's, which started back in 2014. The goal of the USD 140 million renovation was to futureproof the Harrah’s brand, and we created a product that bridged the gap between the then-customer, to tomorrow’s millennial customer speaking to a new generation. I also oversaw a creative design competition, which became a template of all future renovations and future room products for the enterprise.”

He later moved over to Caesars Palace where he had two roles: general manager of Nobu Hotel, which at the time was at the beginning phase of their global expansion, and vice president of luxury operations of Caesars Palace, where he “executed the consistent delivery of service to the ultra-high-end gaming customer.”

Priding himself as a “team champion” Gaman takes a hands-on approach to his leadership roles. He is passionate about mentoring his teams using his diverse skillset, as he has worked in all different roles within the rooms vision, and most recently vice president of operations for KSL Resorts – Camelback Resort, a private equity. An accomplished and dynamic leader, Gaman brings to The Ocean Club a proven track record of success leading all aspects of luxury resort and property management for large-scale global organizations. “I am a believer of being a supporter – it’s all about development and how to teach. I put an emphasis on teaching and encouraging everyone to be the best they can, that’s where I find success in my teams so they can thrive.”

While Gaman has two decades of hospitality experience, he also has a breadth of education with an MBA from Arizona State University alongside Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Sociology, both from Lakehead University in Canada. His exceptional and vast experience lead him to being awarded the Aramark Star of Excellence Award in 2018 and Poets & Quants Best MBA Listing in 2016.

An expert in directing and managing highly motivated teams, Gaman is renowned for being highly-personable and an excellent communicator. With three different citizenships of Italy, Canada and the US, Gaman also speaks five languages including English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and Somali, making him an incredibly valued addition to The Ocean Club team.  

At The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Gaman is responsible for property and business management alongside the executive team, guest relations and resource management, to ensure an efficient and productive overall Resort team. He ensures that daily operations directly align with the Resort’s business goals with customer-centric solutions that drive process improvements, competitive advantage, business growth and customer retention.