SHIRLEY HOLDEN graduated from the Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago, Illinois where she studied Interior Design. She later attended Platt College in San Diego California where she graduated with Diplomas in the areas of Architectural Drafting & Blueprinting as well as Computer Aided Design & Drafting (AutoCad).
In the 1980's, Ms. Holden became part of the movement to use clean materials in new construction, now called the 'green movement'. Her awareness of environmental issues is forefront during the conceptual design process. She has worked in the residential, commercial, and hospitality industry, often focusing on space planning, architectural detailing, specifying, custom cabinetry, kitchen & bath design, ff&e, and custom designs.
Ms. Holden was lead designer for the Albuquerque Home & Garden Show for a period of two years, a columnist for a local magazine (Interiors), and as a student, founded and published the Architectural Times, a publication geared towards bridging the gap between academia and the professional field of Architecture.
She has served on the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, volunteered with the San Diego Planning Commission, and served for two terms as the Vice-President of the American Institute of Architectural Students (San Diego Mesa College Chapter).
Casino Resort Hospitality Consultant
Carlos Weekes oversees the casino/resort hospitality services, including hotel operations, food and beverage operations, and guest service. He has extensive executive-level experience in casino/resorts, restaurants, hotels, fast-food stores, stand-alone restaurants, and franchise operations. He is financially focused and results-oriented, with a diverse background and extensive food knowledge.
Weekes’ most recent positions were as Chief of Operations/Food & Beverage for Laguna Development Corporation, in New Mexico, and Corporate Vice-President for the Grand Casino operation of the Mille Lac’s Band of Ojibwa.
Throughout his 35 plus year career, Weekes has opened more than 15 Marriott properties in New York, New Orleans, Illinois, Minnesota, and Florida, as well as many casino properties and restaurants in Minnesota, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico. He is known for creating operations that value teamwork, business excellence, peer accomplishments and guest satisfaction, and is at his best in these environments.
Weekes earned a bachelors degree from North Central College in Minnesota. In addition, he has studied extensively at the Culinary Institute of Greystone, California, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. and at the University of Minnesota.