by Tina Olivero

    HOMEPORT: It’s all about Gerri

    She’s become a friend. Every morning she’d pop into my apartment at the Homeport Hotel in St. John’s.

    The first thing I hear every morning is “Housekeeping,” and in pops Gerri and her super big positive attitude waltzing into my place. She’s a seasoned hotel worker, and it shows!

    Gerri would often say, “Good morning you’re up early again today. How’s everything?” and I’d reply in typical Newfoundland fashion, “Oh I’m grand as usual my dear! Just working away.”

    “Here’s your newspaper. Well, isn’t it another beautiful day. And what are you cooking today?” Gerri would often ask, and then I would go on at length about how I was cooking up a storm of some vegan-keto variety and how intricate all the details were.”

    That’s what it’s like at the Homeport Apartment Hotel. It’s a place where you do feel at home and having a grand yarn with the people here makes the day and the difference. It’s a place where you do feel like cooking up a storm. And it’s a place where you do feel like you are a part of a place that supports you, with people who authentically care about you.

    The team at Homeport has supported me in everything from pushing my car out of the snow in the dead of winter, to helping me grow my business by distributing The OGM magazine in the 100+ rooms. They put up with me my cooking filling the hallways of lemon and garlic concoctions to ripening my avocado’s on the windowsill. Not to mention having to deal with me learning guitar! Gawwd!

    After staying at the Homeport apartment for months, Gerri and I are now friends. I know all about her pooch, her outings with friends and what she does on her days off. She putters around and picks up towels, makes sure there is dish soap and dish clothes in the kitchen, and she hurries around this spacious two bedroom apartment hotel just like it’s her own. I am so grateful.

    Then she’ll say to me, “I’m off for a few days’s now so I won’t see you for a bit,” ensuring I know her whereabouts’, just like a sister would do. And I appreciate that because she has become a Homeport friend and a little something is missing when she’s not around.

    She’s become a friend. Every morning she’d pop into my apartment at the Homeport Hotel in St. John’s.

    Extended stays at hotels can be the most excellent adventures. You get to experience a new place — new people with excellent modern amenities. I had my Christmas party of about 30 people in the beautiful private party/board room, equipped with a kitchen. The marketing/sales person at Homeport Julie Greene and her team made sure that every detail was afforded my guests. We even had food warmers so that everything was perfect. My family and friends loved it, and this is where our memories are made.

    It’s the little things at Homeport that I’ll remember. My hand-written welcome card when I arrived on the first day. My bag full of goodies when I first stepped into the kitchen. A fully equipped kitchen with everything I needed. A comfy couch. The plugins in lamps for phone and iPad. The extensive closet space for all my things. The ability to work free and clear of distractions. The peace!

    The extreme care that people showed me that meant the most. It’s all those little things. If I needed a can opener or any other little living detail that is bound to come along, the staff were always there with constant support and service. When you are in business and working hard as I do, that means so much.

    Early morning I could go to the gym downstairs. Do my laundry at leisure and take a stroll across the street to the shops. This home away from home is uniquely, centrally located in the city, and it’s got everything!

    The homeport team rock and it is an extraordinary place to stay if you like that down-home feeling. Short or long-term visits, you’ll be able to experience your stay your way.

    I can’t recommend the Home Port Hotel enough for a long-term stay. It is a home and it was beyond my expectations and most of all it gave me the foundation I needed to execute a really important job; publishing The OGM.

    Home Port Hotel is a 10 out of 10!   Check ’em out! www.homeporthotel.com

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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