Tribe’s new kid on the block
Posted Thursday, August 9 2012 at 12:29
Flint, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 16 years explains how he plans to fill the shoes that Mark left behind as well as a brief background on what actually led him to take on the GM job at Tribe.
Only four years since its inception, Tribe Hotel has bagged itself a couple of International awards and was recently selected by the Conde Nast Traveller (one of U.S/U.K hottest travel magazine) as a top pick hotel in Kenya.
Mark Somen who has served for almost three years as the company’s General Manager is moving back to New York to pave way for Jamaican-born Michael Flint.
Dynamic in nature and full of new ideas for his new assignment, Flint, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 16 years explains how he plans to fill the shoes that Mark left behind as well as a brief background on what actually led him to take on the GM job at Tribe.
How did you decide on the position of GM at Tribe?
Well, When Mark got the job at Tribe, he had an agreement with his family that they would come to Kenya for just two years.
But they loved the country so much that they decided to extend it for a year but now they are going back to their family in New York.
I’ve known Mark for 12 years and when I came to visit him here with my family before he moved to New York, I knew he was looking for a suitable replacement.
Please walk us through your typical day at work.
With a light breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, juice and coffee which gives me energy to tackle the day.
I head the daily briefing with the team and basically oversee the activities and scope of the day with them.
I wind the day down with a brisk evening jog.
What made you want to take on the role of GM?
Tribe is an amazing hotel as you know; 137 rooms that are all different and one just as wonderful as the next.
Then there’s the staff, the hospitality that you feel the moment you enter the gates.