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Ms. Hertzler

Amanda Hertzler

Executive Managing Director & Director of Design, MKDA

Amanda Hertzler is Executive Managing Director and Director of Design at MKDA, an architecture and interior design studio located in Miami's Wynwood Arts District that is part of the MKDA parent company headquartered in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Ms. Hertzler is the visionary behind hotel developments and concepts throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, including the interior renovations of a resort in Ft. Lauderdale; multiple concepts for proposed hotel sites in Miami; the revitalization of Spanish Court Resort in Jamaica; and the concept for an eco-resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A trusted advisor to many of Miami's commercial real estate leaders, Ms. Hertzler provides advisory services on investment and development opportunities across Miami, but primarily in the city's emerging urban neighborhoods of Wynwood, the Design District and Downtown Miami. Her work includes the renovation, repositioning and adaptive reuse of the following prime commercial properties: Douglas Entrance, La Puerta del Sol, Brickell City Tower, Courthouse Tower, 200 Southeast First Building, 80 NE 40th Street and New World Tower.

She also designed concepts for the adaptive reuse of an entire block of warehouses in Wynwood comprising 40,000 square feet of retail and 30,000 square feet of rooftop green space. Amassing over 1,000,000 square feet of interiors assignments in just a few short years, Ms. Hertzler additionally designed office interiors for Creative Artists Agency, SproutLoud, DLD Lawyers, INC Global, Burn and Forman, Voomi, Liberty Power and Banyan Street Capital, among others. Ms. Hertzler is a 2017 South Florida Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. She earned her Master's Degree in Interior Design at New York's prestigious Pratt Institute School of Art and Design after studying design and architecture in Paris, France at the Universite de Sorbonne.

Please visit http://www.mkda.com for more information.

Ms. Hertzler can be contacted at +1 305-917-0700 or ahertzler@mkda.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.