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Mr. Davis

Mark Davis

General Manager, Hilton Los Angeles Universal City

As President/CEO of Hillcrest Real Estate LLC, Mark Davis demonstrates the continuing success of re-positioning excellence. Mr. Davis joined the company from a global search in January 2012 as General Manager of the companies Hilton Los Angeles Universal City hotel, owned more than 26 years by the same investment group to replace his retiring predecessor of 22 years. At his 3.5 Year anniversary with Hillcrest Real Estate LLC, he was promoted to President/CEO responsible for global hotel expansion, development, operations and acquisitions. In the soon to be 5 years, Mr. Davis has successfully implemented skilled re-positioning strategy achieving 386% Growth in Income Before Tax with 56% growth in Revenue. He credits this high degree of performance from the diverse experience gathered over the past 20 years of diverse markets and economic cycles learning and implementing the disciplines and best practices that maximize Profit. The past 20+ progressive year career in Executive Leadership for Full Service Hotels Mr. Davis has represented a diversity of brands, management companies and markets. He describes his success as an evolution of necessity to survive in the complexity and emotion of management companies and owners who expect exceptional results regardless of the market and cycle. He has learned that every product and every market in every cycle has a sweet spot to discover that are missed by many management companies, brands and even seasoned operational Vice Presidents. Mr. Davis explains this phenomenon as delusional expectation while ignoring the reality of the obvious. He has shown a propensity of consistent results following a number of failed executive leaders and philosophies that left untapped opportunity present all along yet undiscovered. Once the learned discipline of full re-positioning strategy was implemented the results followed and assets matured to expectation and market leading results. Prior to joining Hillcrest Real Estate LLC, Mr. Davis enjoyed a fruitful past of diverse management company assignments coast to coast for challenged assets, well known for his expertise in re-positioning skill. There is a long track record of consistent repeated results exceeding market trend performance regardless of brand, market or cycle, many times with no significant product improvement from owners. Mr. Davis has received recognition and distinguished honors such as Restaurateur of the Year, Best EBITDA Performance of Mature Properties and Doubletree Crystal Cookie Award. Additionally, RevPAR penetration ranking has improved from last or average to first in many cases, however, RevPAR ranking has always improved by a minimum of 1 to 2 positions adding real marketable property appraised value. Please visit http://www.hiltonuniversal.com for more information.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at 818-509-2013 or mdavis@hiltonuniversal.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.