Eduardo Fernandez has changed quite a bit since his days of wanting to be a DJ. Now, Eduardo’s daily routine consists of the 240 suites and countless guests and employees at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, the oceanfront hotel known for the outstanding experience it provides to guests.

Eduardo sees himself as a sort of “orchestra conductor” – and that’s exactly what he loves about his job. Eduardo is proud to wake up every day and have the opportunity to create a great place for his guests to stay, and especially for his staff to work and feel a sense of belonging. “[I love] the opportunity to lead people and see them grow and flourish in our industry,” he said.

In September, Eduardo was recognized for all he does in our industry and was named General Manager of the Year by the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association. He was nominated by his peers and was selected by a panel of judges for his exceptional work as the GM of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. “At Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, we are deeply passionate about exceeding guests’ expectations, and [I am] so honored to accept this recognition on their behalf,” Eduardo said of his award.

Eduardo especially loves working at Sonesta because of his hotel’s location. From that shining Florida sun and warm weather to the location’s melting pot of cultures, there are few places he’d rather be.

The next time you find yourself at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, be sure to say hello to General Manager Eduardo Fernandez!