Gracie has more than 40 years’ work and executive experience in the hospitality, tourism, marketing, hotel and event management industry allowing her to bring forth valuable input and advice in entrepreneurial business management concepts, operational restructures as well as research and survey analysis for the related fields of hospitality, tourism and marketing.
She holds an MBA major in Tourism & Hospitality Management as well as a Master in Business Administration. Gracie is a certified PSMB Trainer as well as a certified Professional Conference Management trainer for MACEOS. As a Tourism and Event Management Consultant and Trainer, her main areas cover bid documentations and workshop trainings, bid presentations, tourism related research, PCO management & operations and events management. Her business experience and career from 1975 till date have covered airline stewarding, hotel operations and pre-openings, travel and event operations, entrepreneurial set ups in education, tourism and hospitality. Gracie served in the Sarawak Government with the Sarawak Tourism Board as CEO (2005 to 2009) and Associate Dean of UCSI University Sarawak (2009 to 2014).
Gracie ran and owned her inbound and dive tour operations from 1998 till 2014 before selling her business to the Aiman Group where she was retained as Director and Principal Consultant till 2016. She is currently Adjunct Fellow with the Berjaya University College of Hospitality, Sarawak Chairperson for Malaysian Association of Conventions and Exhibitions Suppliers and Organisers (MACEOS), Head of the Tourism Committee of Sarawak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Deputy Secretary General of Sarawak Business Federation (SBF). She is advisor, co-author and author of three books “Rainforest World Music Festival – Sarawak’s Success Story”, “Parks and Art Sarawak” and “Rainforest World Music Festival – 20 Years of Song and Rhythm in Sarawak”.
She received her award ‘Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang Sarawak’ (PBK) from the State in October 2014 and the ‘Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Johan Bintang Kenyalang’ in September 2018 for her contributions to Sarawak tourism.
Mona Abdul ManapCEO
Mona is a marketeer by training and a birdwatcher by passion. Her experience ranges from door-to-door sales, high-school English teacher, marketing strategist in a bank, tour operator, and even a muffin-and-cookie maker in a cafe! Mona believes in and has passion for guerrilla marketing and inbound marketing. She claims she gets marketing ideas in the shower. When pried off work, she loves birdwatching, camping, reading, playing the guitar, listening to the Beatles, and anything to do with the VW Beetle. [Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing & Management – Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia] [Masters in Business Admin (MBA): Entrepreneurship – Excel College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] [Professional Conference Management Course – SACEOS]
Fifi Lea JainaSection Head of Operations
Fifi is an event enthusiast who began coordinating events ardently at school. As her passion in events grew deeper, she pursued her degree in B.A (Hons) in Events and Tourism Management and has been working in the line ever since. Outside of work, Fifi involves herself with Kuching Beach Cleaners (KBC), an NGO body that aims to spread and educate the principles of ocean conservation to local communities and future generation. Fifi is currently holding the post of KBC’s Treasurer.
Completed Professional Conference Management Course – SACEOS
Sarah Abdul ManapSection Head of Communications
Sarah is a part-timer at Place Borneo and also freelances as a PR writer and content editor. She loves cats and dogs and will talk to any stray animal she encounters. Her current passion is whipping up healthy plant-based food and baking the occasional sweet treat. She is happiest curled up on the couch at home with her husband, pet cat and a good movie!
Carshena Emileen GupenOperations Executive
Carshena is an introverted oddball with a fixation on food. She majored in Arts Management and enjoys the roller coaster-like thrill of working behind the scenes of conferences and events. Despite the saying “curiosity killed the cat”, the little child in her couldn’t help but defy the notion, by always playing detective and conducting thorough research if she stumbles upon any intriguing subject matter relating to the industry. When she’s not in the office or whooping war cry on-site, she’s at home nose-deep in sci-fi or fantasy novels, wandering off into the magical plots of the books (she needs to get out of the house more often).
Regina NatiAccount Clerk
She has always been interested in numbers so naturally, she continued her studies in Diploma of Accounting at Kuching Polytechnic College. Regina started her career with a Chartered Accountant Firm and now she handles the accounts in Place Borneo. Despite being the enthusiastic virtual farmer on the e-game Farmville, she is beyond terrified of furry animals. Nevertheless, with the sharp focus of a cat, Regina diligently ensures that her work is done with precision, timeliness and accuracy.
Jessica SendiMarketing Support Assistant
Shortly after getting her Diploma in Graphic Design, Jess found her passion in events when she first worked behind the scenes during a part time job. She then pursued her degree in B.A (Hons) in Events and Tourism Management and have been more passionate towards the events industry ever since. To start the day off, she would usually crank up the volume to Beyonce to get herself motivated for the day. Other than work, Jess loves to Netflix and chill especially on rainy days as much as she loves hiking and bowling. She also believes the power of being kind, not just towards other people but especially to oneself.
Royston JutiIT Assistant
He is a tech geek where he finds peace in himself when he has some PCs or Laptops to repair. He knows how to build PCs too! He is also a family guy. There is always time for him to be with his family. Weekend is perfect for a family gathering where he spends most of the time drinking and singing karaoke with his big family. He is a happy-go-lucky guy but takes his job seriously. He ensures everything is done perfectly.