The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) presented Tom Pas, of Pas Purchasing, with the annual CHA Allied Member of the Year Award. The award recognises the dedication of an outstanding CHA allied member whose work is testament to his commitment to the region’s tourism industry and CHA. Hotelier, restaurateur, and avid golfer, Tom Pas has volunteered his time, expertise and dedication with CHA to pursue a long-standing goal of the Caribbean hospitality industry, the development of human resources through training and education.
Curaçaoan of Dutch Parents, Pas’ entry into the hospitality world began fresh out of high school, when he worked for a year as a waiter on the international trains in Europe. Following formal training at the Hotel School in The Hague, he has worked as hotelier all over the world, from Amsterdam, Holland, to Johannesburg, South Africa, to Ring of Kerry, in Ireland.
Within the Caribbean region, his career has taken him home to Curaçao, with The Curaçao Hilton; Sint Maarten, at the Dawn Beach Hotel; and Aruba, as general manager of Playa Linda Beach Resorts, the Divi and Tamarijn properties, and Bushiri Beach Resort.
Throughout his career, Pas has been mentor and teacher to countless members of his staff in his many jobs. According to his wife, fellow CHA allied member Pat Ecke, from The New York Times, as recently as last March, while holidaying in Jamaica, he was found in the kitchen of the villa giving lessons to the staff on table settings, wine pouring, serving, and cooking - “...and they loved it as much as he did!,” explained Ecke.
Today, he owns Pas Purchasing, operating as a purchasing agent for Caribbean hotels. As a CHA allied member, he has become more actively involved in helping the advancement of his human development cause through CHA’s Caribbean Hotel Foundation, whose charity golf tournament he has planned at CHIC for the past six years to raise funds for scholarships for talented students and employees of the Caribbean hospitality industry.