Leadership & Strategy

SPOTLIGHT ON David Goldstone, President for the Americas, DigiValet

DigiValet has come to be known for its continual innovation – what have been some recent innovations that are exciting the industry? Firstly, I would like to emphasize that DigiValet was the first company in the world to bring an iPad based guest room solution to market. As a matter of fact, we did this…

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SPOTLIGHT ON Ellis O’Connor, Co-President and Asset Manager, MSD Hospitality

By Sharon Hirschowitz As Co-Founder and Co-President of MSD Hospitality, Ellis O’Connor has an impressive portfolio of properties under his leadership, including the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and the Hualalai Resort, both on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica California. Consulting projects he would also cover…

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SPOTLIGHT ON Jonathan Pogash, President & Owner, The Cocktail Guru

Educator and consultant for bars, restaurants, and well-known beverage brands, and voted “Best Craft Cocktails of New England” by Yankee Magazine, Jonathan Pogash tells us how hotels are getting it right, where he can work with them on improving their bar program and highlights trends for 2018. How has the luxury beverage experience changed in…

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SPOTLIGHT ON NADINE SYKORA, Travel Influencer – Top Travel Vlogger

By Sharon Hirschowitz Nadine Sykora has some impressive statistics behind her. She is the top travel influencer and travel videographer on Youtube having made over 800 videos gaining 40 million+ views. Here, she talks about identifying the right travel blogger for your property and how to build a successful partnership where both of you benefit.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON Roland Herlory, Chief Executive Officer Vilebrequin

By Sharon Hirschowitz The story behind the French luxury swimwear brand, Vilebrequin, is dreamy, spirited and inspirational. Their dedication to true style, quality, and an endless summer comes across in their vibrant prints and interesting collaborations. In this interview, Roland Herlory dips into their story, successful partnerships, and the way forward. I believe that Vilebrequin…

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SPOTLIGHT ON Jonathan Blue, Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity

By Sharon Hirschowitz Bringing sophisticated technology and self-sustaining infrastructure to a remote island destination is no mean feat. Jonathan Blue takes us through the exciting journey of creating an ultra-luxury, self-sustaining paradise resort in the jungle.   You have just opened the KanXuk Blue Maya Resort on the Sian Ka’an biosphere coastline, a UNESCO World…

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SPOTLIGHT ON Geoffrey Toffetti, President, Frontline Performance Group

Geoffrey Toffetti began his career in hospitality as a valet, eventually working his way up to Director of Guest services for Fortune Hotels in St. Petersburg Beach, FL (now the Tradewinds Island Grand).  During his tenure, he learned the true nature of service, and how to achieve outstanding revenue performance while providing world-class guest experiences.…

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