Orange County native will oversee hiring of 1,300 resort employees.
GOSHEN, NY – Susan Eisma, an HR professional with more than 25 years of experience, has been named Human Resources Director for LEGOLAND New York Resort, parent company Merlin Entertainments announced.
Eisma, a native of the village of Florida, NY and a graduate of Goshen High School, will lead the HR strategy for LEGOLAND New York Resort as it prepares to recruit, hire and train 1,300 Model Citizens (employees) – many of them from Goshen and the surrounding area.
“I feel like a kid in a candy store,” Eisma said. “I’m a farmer’s daughter – my parents still live in the area – and LEGOLAND New York is the most exciting thing to happen to Orange County in a long time. I feel like my entire career has led me back here. It’s a ‘local girl makes good’ story.”
Eisma was previously Vice President of Human Resources at Patina Restaurant Group, where she was responsible for driving the HR strategy and operations for a $300 million, 6,600-employee based organization throughout 70 locations. Prior to this, Susan was Assistant Vice President of HR for Aramark Corporations.
“Susan is an excellent choice for this vital role,” said Divisional Director of LEGOLAND New York Resort Mark Germyn. “We’ll need to recruit and hire at a rapid pace from now until our opening in spring 2020, and ideally, we would like to hire as many people from the local area as possible. Susan’s extensive knowledge and close ties to the Hudson Valley will help us to do that.”
By the time it opens, LEGOLAND New York Resort expects to hire 500 full-time year-round employees, 300 part-time employees and 500 seasonal employees.
LEGOLAND New York Resort will be the largest LEGOLAND ever built by Merlin Entertainments, with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions on 150 acres in Goshen, NY. The family theme park will be open seasonally from spring through fall. The Resort will also feature a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel, which will be open year-round.
Eisma is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. She lives in New City, NY with her husband Peter and their son Ronan. “He’s seven years old,” Eisma says, “and he now thinks I have the coolest job ever.”
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