Rick Takach

043 | How to Find, Train and Keep Good People with Rick Takach

Rick Takach, Jr. is President and CEO of Vesta Hospitality – a fully integrated hotel development and hospitality management company based in Vancouver, Washington. In less than 20 years, Vesta has grown their portfolio to 13 properties under management in 8 states.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked Vesta Hospitality #78 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Read more

042 | Money Isn’t the Problem, You Are! with Gary Douglas

Gary Douglas is a best-selling author, international speaker and a sought-after facilitator known for his intensity of awareness and his incredible capacity to facilitate people to ‘know what they know’. He chooses to embody consciousness in everything that he does which inspires others to choose to become more conscious as a result. Read more

041 | Direct Sales, Customer Satisfaction and Employee Retention with Michael Pleninger

Mike is co-Founder and President of Newport Hospitality Group (NHG) – a nationally recognized hotel management company with operations across the eastern United States. Since Mike and long time family friend Bill Carey founded NHG in 1990, they have grown their portfolio to 34 properties under management in 5 states.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked NHG #66 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Read more

040 | Leveraging Facebook: Insights and Techniques to Grow Your Business with Anna Botha

Anna is the Founder of 23 Degrees North Digital Marketing – a boutique agency that specializes in ROI-based marketing. Their approach focuses on determining which tactics and channels produce the results which add revenue directly to your bottom line. 23 Degrees North currently manages over $30k in monthly ad spend for their clients. Read more

039 | How to Create a Memorable Guest Experience with Tom Conran

Tom Conran serves as a Principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group – a Colorado-based company focused on the acquisition, repositioning, and management of upscale, full-service and select-service hotels. Formed in 2009, Greenwood Hospitality Group has grown their portfolio to 15 properties under management in 10 states.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked Greenwood Hospitality Group #60 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Read more

038 | Don’t Be Afraid to Start Small with H. Mark Daley III

H. Mark Daley, III is President and CEO of The Generation Companies – a real estate investment company based in Raleigh, NC that provides real estate management and development services to individuals, families, corporations, and institutions. In less than 20 years, The Generation Companies portfolio has grown to 25 properties, including the brands Home 2 Suites, Homewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, MainStay Suites, and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked The Generation Companies #86 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Read more

037 | Why Digital Marketing is Key for Independent Hotels with Gaurav Varma

Gaurav Varma is Product Marketing Manager for Milestone Internet Marketing – a leading provider of Internet marketing solutions for the lodging industry. Milestone does it all, from Website Design to Search Engine Optimization, Pay-per-Click marketing, Social Media Optimization, Email marketing, you name it. Milestone currently works with nearly 2000 hotels and retail customers, driving over $150M in annual revenue for its clients. Read more

036 | Effective Networking through Touchpoints and Follow Up with Binita Patel

Binita is currently a Vice President with HMB Hotels based in Allentown, PA, focusing on the finance and asset management aspects of the business. Prior to returning to HMB Hotels, she served as a Manager at Ramsfield Hospitality Finance, and Associate Investment Manager at Beacon Hospitality Partners, both located in New York, NY. Read more

035 | The Price, Leverage and Efficiency Formula for Success with Peter Bhai

Piyush “Peter Bhai” Bhaidaswala is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SSN Hotels – a rapidly growing hotel management, development, and investment group in the Northeast. In just over 20 years, they have grown to oversee 14 select service and 3 developing hotels in over five states, representing brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Choice, and Wyndham.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked SSN Hotels #85 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Read more

034 | Thank, Appreciate and Connect with Your Associates with Walter Isenberg

Walter Isenberg is Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sage Hospitality, one of the top hotel investment, management and development companies in the United States for more than 30 years. Based in Denver, Sage Hospitality owns and operates over 75 hotels and 10 restaurants in 23 states, from urban full-service hotels to smaller select-service suburban properties. Isenberg directs all company operations, including property management, development and finance.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked Sage Hospitality #17 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Read more