Educated in Paris at the prestigious Hospitality and Tourism Institution, Gladys Mouton Di Stefano was recruited to open the Paris Hilton Hotel, the first new hotel to open in Paris in 50 years. As an administrator in the Food & Beverage Department, Gladys was chosen among over 30 managers to open the first Windows on the World in the famous World Trade Center in New York City when the then Hilton entity was assuming operations of the iconic venue. With an office located a quarter mile into the sky, the New York City skyline became the backdrop for Ms. Di Stefano’s team that served global royalty, national sovereigns, U.S. Presidents, and Fortune 500 corporations from around the world. Functions at the famed location ranged from 100 to 2000 guests, including the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and the 100th celebration of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Gladys moved to the East Side of Manhattan serving in the F&B departments of the Marriott as well as the 4-star Mark Hotel and 5-star Carlyle Hotel, whose discriminating clients required a continuous elevation of services. Ms. Mouton Di Stefano later joined the Helmsley Park Lane as Director of Food & Beverage where she lead the teams of several outlets, including the beautifully appointed restaurant “the Park Room” overlooking Central Park South, the classically iconic Harry’s New York Bar, and the Culinary and Stewarding Departments. In addition Gladys oversaw 24-hour Room Service, Catering and the outdoor Café.
Today, Gladys is President of At Your Service Party Consulting, a full-service event planning company drawing on Ms. Di Stefano’s extensive experience and far reaching network of professionals. Each note of praise and gratitude are treasured as evidence of creating joyous memories for social or corporate clients.
For 20 years, Gladys served as President of The Food & Beverage Association of America, during which time the organization thrived under her leadership. Near to her heart is her 24 years of organizing the Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner for the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem. The number of homeless and neighborhood people who attend has risen from 150 to 2000 during these 24 years. Gladys leverages her professional network and found kindred spirits in giving in the Chefs of Sheraton Times Square Hotel, Wayne Whinna and Joe Fontanals, who cook for these appreciative guests. From recruiting the 150 volunteers to securing donations and conducting the turkey raffle, Gladys is most proud of her work on this charitable event approaching its 25th Anniversary.
Gladys’s also volunteers her professional expertise to the Greater New York Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International as the Director of Venues.
A resident of Bayside, Queens, Gladys is married to a fellow European native Nino. Together they have two daughters Nathalie and Lisa and three grandchildren Alexandra, Amanda and Samantha