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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 April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.