Sadia Mudassar has over 15 years of food and beverage and hospitality experience. In her role as general manager at the Berkeley Boathouse, Sadia oversees day-to-day operations including maintaining the highest in hospitality standards, guest services, and front-of-house operations. Sadia works closely alongside Executive Chef Matthew Thomas to ensure the highest level of excellence in the overall guest experience at Berkeley Boathouse.
Born and raised in Pakistan until she was 21, Sadia didn't discover her passion for the food and beverage industry until she moved to Canada in 2003. It was there, working for a small franchise called Nando's, where I developed a love for the hospitality industry and discovered how gratifying and rewarding it could be on many levels," said Sadia.
In 2005, Sadia moved to Chicago where she worked for several restaurants over the course of five years including Melrose, China Grill, Hard Rock Hotel - Chicago, and SWISS Hotel. It was at these restaurants where Sadia honed her skill set and rose through the ranks holding a number of positions including hostess, assistant manager, server and bartender.
In 2010, Sadia moved west and became restaurant manager for Fairmont San Jose where she managed the hotel's pagoda and lobby lounge then transitioned to in-room dining manager in 2011. As in-room dining manager, Sadia was awarded Leader of the Quarter for increasing revenue, exceeding JDP scores, and successfully completing a million-dollar initiative to introduce a highly efficient refreshment center system in 805 guest rooms that helped to increase revenue by 11 percent.
In July 2013, Sadia left the Fairmont San Jose to serve as the in-room dining and pool manager for the Silicon Valley's newly opened Rosewood Sand Hill. There Sadia oversaw a team of 40 employees, including two supervisors and two assistant managers, and was responsible for facilitating all private events, day-to-day room service, and dining room operations. In 2015, Sadia returned to Fairmont Hotels and took the position of restaurant general manager at the Claremont Club & Spa in Berkeley. During her tenure Sadia oversaw the property's $250 thousand-dollar restaurant remodel and played an integral role in the opening of Limewood Bar & Restaurant, including the hiring for various positions, staff training and setting service standards.