Shannen Keisha Tan eager to grow in life and career
By Deneb Batucan
MOST twenty-year-olds are probably still on the verge of finding themselves a corner they can thrive on in the real world. After all, the twenties, as they say, is the time to explore within ourselves as we blossom into a full-fledged adult.
But Shannen Keisha Tan is not like most 20 year olds. What her twenties bring to her is responsibility and she accepts it with vigor and a full heart.
It was two years ago when Shannen’s father asked her to be more involved in their family business. Little did she know that her father wanted more than just a little help.
Shannen is slated to become the company president and chief executive officer of Mezzo Hotel, a business hotel set to open in early 2017.
By then, the fifth year accountancy student from the University of San Carlos will be graduating and will immediately start reviewing for the Certified Public Accountant licensure examination.
Shannen has been exposed to the hotel business at a young age, her father being a part owner of Sarrosa International Hotel and Residential Suites. She was groomed to be in the hotel business by being exposed to its various departments.
Shannen was asked to serve food to diners, sit at the front desk and assist guests, and she was also exposed to the accounting department, where she began to take interest in the field that she eventually made as her course in college.
“I can see myself in the hotel industry since I’ve always been exposed to it. This way I’ll be gaining more experience and learn new things for future innovations,” she said. “But I really feel pressured of course. I can say I’m self-motivated, so I want to do good with the things I have responsibility for. I really want to push myself to do good in everything.”
What Shannen envisions Mezzo Hotel to be is to become a corporate social responsibility-oriented business. “It’s time for us to reach out and help our communities. I want Mezzo to have that in the very near future. There are no concrete plans as of yet, but maybe we can help our partner communities with livelihood programs where they can be taught to make money for themselves,” she said.
Although being a CEO is a big responsibility, Shannen has never shied away from being a leader.
Shannen is the immediate past president of the Philippine Junior Jaycees-USC Chapter and a current councilor of the Supreme Student Council of USC.
Even with work and school eating up her time, she still has time to organize a fun run called Warriors’ Run, which is a charity event where proceeds will fund scholarships for college and senior high students of USC.
As a councilor, her campaign platform has been to provide more career opportunities for Carolinians to help them steer their ships after college. With the help of her fellow councilors and officers, Shannen hopes to build a platform where all Carolinians would be able to have access to job postings and the like.
Shannen definitely has a lot on her plate. But she is focused on doing everything with precision. She takes things day by day, planning out her daily schedule by doing things one at a time be it be work or school.
While Shannen knows she still has plenty of experience to gain, her heart and mind are open to learning more and more. Her dad has given her a responsibility that she accepted wholeheartedly, and the challenge may be unnerving sometimes, but with her strong support system — her family as well as her colleagues and her mentor, Mezzo Hotel’s general manager, Aneth Galoy — Shannen is more than ready.
“One of the quotes that I always believe in is ‘Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.’ Don’t hinder yourself from learning new things. Always be open to any possibilities. Try to keep on learning because the more you learn, the more you grow and you’ll have more wisdom as you live,” she said.
Photos: Alfred Gregory E. Bartolome
Hair and Makeup by: Ferdinand Moncada
Locale: Sarrosa International Hotel and Residential Suites