2018 Top Hap Finalist Spotlight – Trina Jojola

2018 Front of House – Food and Beverage Finalist

Trina Jojola

Isleta Resort & Casino

What was your first job in the hospitality/tourism industry?
Isleta Resort & Casino- Concession Food Attendant

Who has helped/mentored you throughout your career?
Isleta Management Team & Family

What has been the highlight of your career?
Being able to be with Isleta Resort & Casino for the past 13 years. Starting from a line employee to being a restaurant manager.

Red or Green?
I love green!

What is one suggestion or piece of advice you would share with young people entering the hospitality/tourism business?
Have a good work ethic and love what you do. Treat everyone as you would want to be treated.

What is your favorite New Mexico travel experience?
The beautiful view of the mountains, fresh air, history, culture and outdoor experience of Ruidoso, New Mexico.

What is your favorite quote or piece of inspiration?
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

What does being a finalist for the Top HAT Awards mean to you?
I am pleased, honored and humbled to be nominated by my management team and peers of Isleta Resort and Casino. Being a Top HAT Award finalist is worth all the challenges and successes that I have had to overcome throughout the years. This has inspired me to become an even more successful leader not only for myself but for my staff and Isleta Resort & Casino.

Stay tuned for more Finalist Spotlights as we get closer to the 2018 New Mexico True Top HAT Awards Gala on November 8th!