123 | Hospitality Internships from the Students’ Perspective

Last month, I featured Ron Whitfield and Dr. Kate Price-Howard, and we took a deep dive into How to Create an Awesome Internship Program. Click here to listen to that episode.

This is part two in the hospitality internship series.

Today’s guests are ResortQuest Interns Jordon Bonner, Nick Delaney, Allison Johnstone and Yaminah Cummings, and their Internship Advocates Ron Whitfield and Dr. Kate Price-Howard. Keep Reading »

122 | ‘5-Star Mentality’ for a 3-Star Brand with Suresh Chawla

Suresh Chawla was born in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, and moved with his parents (Dr. and Mrs. V.K. Chawla) and brother Dinesh to America in 1977.

He has worked with Chawla Hotels since they opened their first property in Greenwood, MS in 1989. He currently serves as President and CFO of Chawla Hotels, which owns 17 limited service hotels, and is currently developing the first Scion Hotel in Cleveland, MS. Keep Reading »

121 | An American Idea with Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger

Eric Danziger is the chief executive officer of Trump Hotels, the world-renowned luxury hotel brand and management company, and is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and performance of the business.

With more than 45 years of experience in the hotel business, Eric, who started as a bellman at The Fairmont San Francisco at the age of 17, has served as the head of several of the industry’s leading hotel companies. He joined Trump Hotels following roles as President and CEO of Starwood Hotels, President and COO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and President and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group.

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120 | A Look Inside JD Power’s 2017 North American Hotel Study with Rick Garlick

Dr. Rick Garlick is the Global Travel and Hospitality Practice Lead at J.D. Power. He is responsible for providing industry thought leadership to the company’s clients in the hotel, destination, rental car, airline, and cruise line industries, as well as for creating new products and revenue opportunities to grow the practice.

Rick joined J.D. Power in 2013 after nearly 20 years of consumer and employee research experience with two of the most prestigious research companies in North America: The Gallup Organization and Maritz Research. Keep Reading »

119 | How to Create an Awesome Internship Program with Ron and Kate

Ron Whitfield and Dr. Kate Price-Howard are both seasoned hospitality professionals with extensive experience developing, administering and growing successful internship programs. I’ve invited them back on the show to share how YOU can create an awesome internship program for your property.

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118 | Generate More Revenue Through Tours and Activities with Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher is CEO and co-founder of TripShock, an activities and tours OTA based out of Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

Managing a high volume Destin hotel allowed Greg to focus on Customer Service, and to gain unique insight as to where the travel industry was heading. In 2009, Greg was approached by a respected charter fleet owner in Destin to assist in creating a reservation system. His hard work and dedication quickly got the attention of the local tour operators in Destin Harbor and beyond. The company now operates in 7 different destinations along the northern Gulf Coast with over 175 tour operators participating in the program.
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116 | Take Ownership of Your Business with Kelly Harvel

Kelly Harvel, CHA is a life long hospitality professional with experience in all levels of the lodging industry, from local operation to national branding. He currently serves as President/COO of V&S Hospitality Management – a Full Service Hotel Management Company with a focus on operational customer excellence based in Palm Harbor, Florida.
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115 | Create More Human Digital Relationships to Drive Direct Bookings with Hannah Béraud-Hindi

Hannah is the founder & Chief Emotionist(e) Officer at Hannah Béraud Digital Communications. She helps hotels, restaurants and travel companies create more human digital relationships to drive direct bookings and supports them in their digital transformation. Thanks to a network of partners with expertise in the communications, branding, technology & hospitality sectors, they create multi-dimensional, measurable and strategic solutions adapted to their clients’ resources and objectives. Keep Reading »