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Mr. J. Sander

William J. Sander

Chief Executive Officer, Seagate Hospitality Group

William J. Sander is CEO of Seagate Hospitality Group, a premier hospitality management company based in Delray Beach, Florida. His responsibilities are wide-ranging and include oversight of all operations, strategic planning, and management of The Seagate Hotel & Spa, The Seagate Country Club, The Seagate Beach Club, The Seagate Yacht Club, and The Seagate Condominium Management Group and The Lake House Canandaigua.

Prior to joining Seagate Hospitality Group, Mr. Sander was General Manager of the award-winning XV Beacon hotel in Boston from 1999 through 2009. During his tenure, XV Beacon was repeatedly honored by the nation's top travel publications, including as the #1 Hotel in Boston by Travel + Leisure; one of the "Top 100 Best Hotels in the World" by Travel + Leisure; and one of the "Top 100 Best Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler. The hotel was also honored as "Best Boutique Hotel in the World" by Robb Report after its first year in operation.

Mr. Sander's previous experience includes various positions at other prominent Massachusetts hotels, including the Charles Hotel in Cambridge and Boston Harbor Hotel. He also held executive roles throughout the country at Rosewood Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, The Houstonian in Houston, and The Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, California.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Sander studied for a career in hospitality at Manchester Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Hartford and previously served on the Board of Trusties at the Salem State University School of Hospitality.

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

Mr. J. Sander can be contacted at +1 561-665-4800 or wsander@theseagatehotel.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.