Monarch Beach Resort Moments Magazine Issue 6 - Page 28

EVENTS EXTRAORDINAIRE location to watch the sunset. Outside of her work, Cote enjoys playing pickleball, Banquet Manager Valerie Cote fishing, woodworking and has been working on property traveling as often as she can. the longest out of our featured “The original reason why I was employees: She joined the team in hospitality was because of just one month before The St. the benefits to travel. … I get Regis Monarch Beach opened to see the friends that I’ve made its doors and then, nearly 15 throughout the years in differ- years later, helped with the ent areas around the world, so changeover when the resort it’s pretty magical,” Cote says. rebranded. “The transition Through her travels, Cote has itself was pretty smooth and ridden motorcycles and seen flawless,” Cote says of the prop- cobras in Cambodia, visited erty becoming Monarch Beach Hawaii numerous times and Resort. “It was definitely a great been to Papua New Guinea, experience because I’ve never but her favorite destination, been [involved] in something so far, has been South Africa, like that, so it taught me a lot.” where she dove with great When Cote first started, white sharks. she was a hostess at Chianti In general, Cote advises (now AVEO Table + Bar) and people to find a profession that eventually worked her way allows them to do something through all of the positions in they’re passionate about so that the restaurant. From there, she it never truly feels like being at transferred to the catering and work. “I don’t consider what sales team as an administrative Valerie Cote has worked on property since 2001. I do as a job. I have so much assistant and moved up over fun,” Cote explains. “Eighty the years to become an event you get to see the … ships during percent of [the banquet team] have meeting concierge, a banquet captain the fall when they’re doing their been there since opening, so we’re all and, now, a banquet manager, which excursions, and our grounds are like family, and it’s a great thing to calls for her to oversee the banquet amazing just [by] themselves.” If know that you leave your house to team and carry out all of the events you ask, Cote will cite Club 19 or go hang out with family and friends, held at the resort. the Monarch Bay Club as two of and then you go back home and hang “I think I enjoy my position so the best places to take a moment to out with more family and friends, so much because we can have the same gaze out at the ocean, as well as the I really enjoy it.” events on paper but, when we execute on-site botanical garden as an ideal it, it’s completely different, and it’s opened up so many doors to meet new people and see new things and experience new ideas,” Cote says. “I’ve met everyone from Alan Greenspan to Michael Jackson … from huge celebrities to normal, average people. … We’ve bonded [with guests] and [formed] friendships throughout the years, and when groups come back, it’s like they’re family.” Not only does she admire the people she interacts with while on the job, Cote also speaks highly of her workplace, which she describes as “paradise.” “You have the best of everything, from the golf course to the ocean,” Cote says. “We get to look out and see Catalina [Island], the whales, An event setting at Monarch Beach Resort 28 MONARCHBEACHRESORT.COM