Q&A with Vicente Marí Marí 

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Even though Human Resources Director Vicente Marí Marí was born in Madrid, he has Ibiza running through his veins. The Marí Marí family has long been established across the island in the hospitality industry. Indeed Vicente, along with some of his cousins, are the third generation to be attracted to the field of hotel and restaurant management. However, Vicente approaches this field from a different angle. After spending every summer of his childhood in Ibiza, he finally made the permanent move to the island in 2011, joining the Seven Pines Resort Ibiza team in 2019.

What is your professional background?
I studied psychology and when I was young, like most people, I wanted to change the world. I eventually realised, like most people, you can’t change the world but you can change small parts of it to help people be happy. The largest percentage of our time is spent working, which is why I directed my studies in psychology towards human resources. I’m really people oriented so hospitality was perfect for me.

How did you come to be involved with Seven Pines Resort Ibiza?
I got to know the people involved in the development of the concept back in 2017 but because of circumstance, I wasn’t able to join the team at that time. Then we got back in touch recently and luckily the time was right.

How many people are in the human resources department?
We are a team of three. In the height of the summer season, there are around 300 employees. There is a lot of diversity of country, language, culture and style – for me it's fascinating. There are 300 different stories here.

"In the height of the summer season, there are around 300 employees. There is a lot of diversity of country, language, culture and style – for me it's fascinating. There are 300 different stories here."

How would you describe your working style?
I’m a mediator. I’m often the translator between the language of the company and the language of the employees. I translate the objectives; share them with the employees and then in reverse, I translate the needs and expectations of the employees to the company. There is always a middle point where we meet and that’s what I seek – to find that balance. Happiness officer is also one of our functions!

What challenges do you face in your work?
Right now we are in a phase of adaptation. The opening was in 2018 and we are constantly adjusting the machinery and refining our systems. It’s like a big orchestra, tuning the instruments to make beautiful music. Naturally, there are always changes and we adapt but the philosophy stays the same.

What do you love most about your work?
It’s so much fun. There are complicated days of course, but later you see people having fun, enjoying their jobs. It’s very pleasing when you put all the pieces together and when you see the people we recruited growing within the company. Our orientation is to the guest and my orientation is to the person, whether they are a guest, employee or employer.

How do you like to spend your free time in Ibiza?
Ibiza has options 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. I love to go hiking and fishing or to have dinner with friends. I also love live music so I try to see a lot of that. But honestly, right now, I spend every spare minute I have with my baby daughter. I enjoy it so much; I dedicate all my free time to her.

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