Pre-opening planning

  • Concept development, evaluation, creating competitive advantages & functional design direction
  • Plan reviews for architects, owners and consultants for operating efficiency and ensuring flexible facility options
  • Space planning, interior programming
  • Mixed-use developments; shared facilities, services and cost centers, identification & allocation of shared expenses, service agreements.
  • Preliminary organizational staffing to drive planning of staff facilities, offices
  • Value engineering –weighting cost/benefit and projected returns
  • Preparation, review, valuation of:
    • Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (“FF&E”)
    • Operating Equipment & Supplies (“OE&S”)
    • Pre-opening Marketing Plans and Pre-opening Budgets
  • Analysis and recommendations on brand-mandated investments
  • Owner vs Operator priorities, facilitating resolution to conflicts
  • LEED (Leadership in Environmental & Energy Design) and environmental planning, operational applications/solutions and payback analysis.

Asset Management and Operations

  • Advice for hotels, restaurants and hospitality-related businesses
  • Organizational reviews, productivity analyses, performance reviews
  • Capital Expenditure evaluation and recommendations; renovation evaluation
  • Preparation and/or analysis of five to ten year capital plans
  • Operational reviews including performance analysis and recommendations
  • Ongoing Owner representation/monitoring and guidance
  • Review of Marketing & Sales Plan plus Annual Operating Budget; competitive set analysis, revenue management and distribution systems audit
  • Compliance review/analysis of Management Agreements
  • Food & Beverage operational review and strategic planning via roadmap
  • Design and integration of systems (IT). Software selection review.
  • Brand/affiliation analysis and selection/negotiation of management and representation agreements. Introduction of leveraged incentive plans.
  • Systems and control procedures review and audit; brand compliance issues; Quality assurance resolution plans

Board Experience & Competencies

  • Marketing & Finance committees
  • Compensation Committee (chair)
  • Board Recruitment/Nominating Committee (chair)
  • Media Relations
  • Tourism strategy

Member of Cayuga Hospitality Consulting specializing in optimizing hospitality asset value, returns and performance across the spectrum of hotel operations.

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