Vanja Banovic

Vanja Banovic

Recreation Manager at Melia Desert Palm
Lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
over 6 months ago

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Selected for the manager of the year by Sport360 in 2015 and 2016, and one of the top 10 group exercise professionals in the Middle East. Accomplished, experienced and self-driven recreational manager; Responsible for overall recreation/leisure department development, including training and leadership for new and existing team members; an effective communicator with an energetic approach to work and with a friendly personality.


  • Recreation Manager

    Melia Desert Palm - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Recreation & Leisure
    June 2014 - Now · 4 years and 8 months

    • Responsible for revenue generation in order to attain short and long term financial goals • Designing and leading recreational and leisure activities • Implementing recreational programs and ensuring that they are being taken advantage of and are successful • Recruit, train, and manage a team of personal trainers, group fitness instructors and other employees involved in operation • Maintain accurate and up-to date certification and CPR records of number of staff • Budget preparation and ensuring that is adhered to • Preparing financial and program reports concerning programs, costs, participant numbers and equipment and facility use • Coordinating activity schedules and information packs for guests • Draving customer service standards and looking for new ways to improve the customer service • Promoting and marketing the recreational centre through various client and corporate activities, to get and maintain constant community engagement • Working closely with Spa Operations Manager • Driving corporate memberships • Managing social network marketing • Conduct group fitness training sessions with members

  • Club Director

    Al Qudra Sports Management - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Recreation & Leisure
    June 2013 - May 2014 · 12 months

    Responsible for revenue generation in order to attain short and long term financial goals • Demonstrate exceptional customer service, recruiting, training and supervising staff • Adhere to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines • Enhancing profitability by organizing and delivering an appropriate range of fitness activities • Keeping statistical and financial records • Promoting, social networking and marketing • Dealing with enquiries, complaints and emergencies

  • Assistant Recreation Manager

    Hilton Hotels & Resorts - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

    Recreation & Leisure
    September 2011 - June 2013 · 1 year and 10 months

    • Handling membership enrollments, terminations and inquiries • Providing support in the development of reports and presentations, as required by management • Assisting in the creative process for our incentive and health promotions initiatives • Maintain confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times • Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members

  • Fitness Manager

    Fitness Centre Body View - Sombor, Serbia

    Recreation & Leisure
    January 2009 - August 2011 · 2 years and 8 months

    • Greeting fitness center visitors and answering phone inquiries • Promoting business, including bulletin boards, newsletters, mailings and filters • Undertaking administrative tasks • Follow up with potential prospects • Generate personal training revenue by offering additional services to new and existing members

  • Fitness Trainer

    Fitness Centre Gym - Novi Sad, Serbia

    Recreation & Leisure
    May 2003 - November 2008 · 5 years and 7 months

    Group fitness trainer


  • Manager for Tourism and Hospitality

    Faculty for Natural Sciences, Department for Toursim and Hospitality - Novi Sad, Serbia

    October 2000 - September 2007


  • Serbian
    Native or fluent
  • English
    Native or fluent


  • Event planning
  • Good management
  • Good team leader
  • Good team work
  • judgment and decision making
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
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