Shazma Charania, President of ZS Holdings was born and raised in Red Deer and still resides there with her husband Jamil and their two daughters. Shazma’s family has been in the hospitality business for over 30 years, their company Zainul & Shazma Holdings LTD is a family run operation that cultivates a positive corporate culture. Maintaining the values, work ethic and hospitableness that ZS Holdings LTD was founded on is an ongoing objective that is important to Shazma.
Shazma has completed her Bachelor of Commerce and holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in hospitality. During her undergraduate degree at University of Alberta, Shazma was given the opportunity to complete six months on a full scholarship at Tec de Monterrey, in Guadalajara, Mexico which has helped her acquire another language, Spanish. Her educational background mixed with her experience and community involvement enables Shazma to make decisions in a well-rounded manner. She has steered the growth of her family business from two to now seven hotels. ZS Holdings happily supports its community through many local organizations.
Shazma drives the company vision “To be an industry leader in selected emerging markets in Western Canada”. In pursuing that vision she has served on numerous Board positions, Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association as well as Red Deer Tourism locally, and since 2010, also served on the IHG Owner’s Association Americas – Holiday Inn, globally. Today, Shazma sits as Canadian Chair for the Owners Association and represents all IHG Brands.
Today, the company has multi-award winning locations in western Canada, and is an Employer of Choice in Alberta.