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Kanakara Markar

Kanakara Markar

Corporate Communications

Kanakara joined Hyatt’s corporate communications team in February of 2014. She is excited to be a part of an amazing company and an awesome team. She is new to the Chicago area and loves the city’s charm (who wouldn't love the architecture, the food and the people in Chicago!). In her spare time, Kanakara loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, traveling, being adventurous (skydiving being her recent example), meeting people and learning about different cultures.

Francine Turk

April 15, 2015
Art & Design, Hyatt Brands

Art Inspired by Chicago’s Unique History Unveiled at Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago

Did you know that Chicago Blues music started at the world famous Maxwell Street Market? … Me neither.

That’s just one of the reasons why the artwork of renowned Chicago artist Francine Turk at Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago is so cool. The two original pieces by Francine are, like much of the hotel’s décor, inspired by Chicago’s unique history.

“Sunday Blues,” the larger of the two paintings, measures more than 13 feet by seven feet and is a vibrant abstract inspired by the spirit of the Maxwell Street Market, which is often celebrated as the birthplace of Chicago Blues music and a melting pot of cultures.

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Longest Pizza in India

December 18, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Regency, Memorable Moments

A New Record for the Longest Pizza in India is Set

Before you continue, I must warn you… you will be craving pizza after reading this.

This week, around 100 Hyatt colleagues rolled up their sleeves to prepare India’s longest pizza. The event was held at Hyatt Regency Pune at its authentic Italian, home-style restaurant La Terrazza.

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Grand Hyatt  Santiago Tree - 2014

December 11, 2014
Art & Design, Grand Hyatt, Memorable Moments

‘Tis the Season to Smile

With over 550 hotels in 47 countries, Hyatt celebrates many traditions and holidays – each in a unique way. One of our favorites is Grand Hyatt Santiago’s annual “themed” Christmas tree. Every year, the festive tree is decorated with a different theme in mind, and this year the theme is “Smiles of the World.” The idea was chosen with the intent to raise awareness about recycling and social inclusion.

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Around the World

December 9, 2014
Our People

Around the World: Meet Hyatt’s Housekeepers

Hyatt’s housekeepers often work behind the scenes, but their roles can’t be understated in setting the stage for a completely comfortable and welcoming guest stay. Their day-to-day duties are way more than making the beds, cleaning the bathroom and dusting the nightstands. Read on as we raise the curtain and put the spotlight on Hyatt’s housekeepers…

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Culinary Challenge in India

November 26, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Thrive, Our People

Culinary Competition in India Cooks Up Smiles through #CookWithHyatt

What’s better than cooking (and eating!) amazing cuisine AND investing in the community at the same time? For the first time ever, Hyatt hotels in India hosted a culinary challenge in partnership with SMILE Foundation, a nonprofit organization in India dedicated to benefiting underprivileged children, youth and women in the areas of education, healthcare, livelihood and empowerment.

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Top three finalists (from left to right): Executive Sous Chef Matthew Garelick, Chef De Cuisine Rodney Ashley, Executive Sous Chef Patrick Mohn

November 13, 2014
Food & Beverage, Our People

Competition Heats Up in Hawaii: First Ever The Good Taste Series Winner Announced

We just wrapped up the first-ever The Good Taste Series – competitive culinary events among Hyatt’s junior chefs – with an amazing backdrop of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Spa. And the culinary creativity against the Hawaiian sunset was unmatched!

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Around the World

October 15, 2014
Our People

Around the World: A Warm Hyatt Welcome is Waiting

Welcoming guests, opening the door of the car and hotel, assisting with carrying the luggage — these are only few of the duties of a doorman. It’s much more than this, of course. At Hyatt, it’s our doormen’s welcoming smile that makes all the difference.

We’re proud to feature some of Hyatt’s most caring doormen around the world. We welcome you to explore the unique characteristics of our colleagues in their different cultures and show you firsthand why they love what they do.

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Hyatt’s Commitment to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing

August 21, 2014
Food & Beverage, Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Hyatt’s Commitment to Sustainable Seafood Sourcing

Did you know that roughly 3 billion people around the world rely on seafood as their primary source of protein? Or that more than 85 percent of marine fish stocks are considered either fully exploited or overfished, and more than 1 in 5 fisheries has collapsed? With this harsh reality, sustainable management of marine resources is more and more important. Hyatt is working hand-in-hand with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a leading global conservation organization, to enhance our sustainable seafood sourcing and helping us to eliminate the procurement of highly vulnerable species.

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