As director of catering at the New York Marriott Marquis, Gina Bertucci leads a world-class sales team that generates over $55 million in annual catering sales. This major hotel in the heart of Times Square features 1,957 guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Since 2007 Gina has led the team in making the hotel the venue for countless corporate and social events, covering the worlds of corporate meetings, major fundraising social galas, conventions, media launches and everything in between.
She began her career in the hospitality industry in 1990 as banquet director at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, New York. There she worked with the on-site caterer, Perfect Parties to supervise both sales and operations for this landmark venue, where she honed her skills in wedding planning. During this time, she also travelled with TAM Caterers to Canada and Miami, Florida to oversee off-premise catering at the Montreal and Miami Grand Prix’s. She provided training and hosted multi-day events for top clients, in hospitality tents.
She started her career with Marriott International in 1995 at the New York Marriott Marquis, where she held progressive positions in banquets as banquet manager and ultimately director of banquets. She was responsible for training, mentoring and increasing overall departmental satisfaction scores. Gina also gained experience under pressure, as the hotel’s director of in-room dining and hospitality, where she oversaw a growing demand to deliver fine dining service in the hotel’s many private suites. She then brought that experience to her new positions as senior event manager and director of group catering.
While Gina handles almost all of the Marquis’ high profile events, she gets most satisfaction in working with charitable organizations and fundraisers. She also strives to give back to the Broadway community by working closely with the Actor’s Fund, The Broadway League, The Times Square Alliance and The Broadway Association.
Gina is a member of the Food & Beverage Association, the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and Les Amis d ’Escoffier New York. She has been recognized and published by the National Professionals of Excellence (NPOE). During her career, Gina has been recognized as Sales Leader of the Year by Marriott International and as Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Gina attended the College of Staten Island and St. John’s University in New York.
She resides on Staten Island, but when not working she heads straight to Virginia to see her grandson, Vincent, whom she adores. Gina is also a proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Jacqueline and Nikki. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and her two favorite gentlemen, Andrew Sr. and Andrew, Jr.!
As food and wine are her personal passions, she works in the best of industries. She is a great home chef and loves cooking Italian, of course!