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Mr. Lowenstein

Diego Lowenstein

Chief Executive Officer, Lionstone Development

Diego Lowenstein has been part of the family's varied business interests across several countries for over 25 years. He has held executive positions with several of the family's companies in Argentina, including its real estate holdings and development firm, food service and restaurant operating, and franchising ventures. Mr. Lowenstein's active involvement and know-how in acquiring, developing, revitalizing and repositioning hotels and casinos throughout Florida and the Caribbean has helped lead the entrepreneurial firm to new heights. In partnership with service industry leaders including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Kimpton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, AM Resorts, the InterContinental Hotels Group, and Virgin Hotels. Mr. Lowenstein has fulfilled developments in markets that include Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago and a half dozen markets in the Caribbean region. His knowledge in multinational operations and marketing has supported Lionstone's further expansion into luxury residential real estate and mixed-use hotel developments. Since 1999, Mr. Lowenstein has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Lionstone and assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2003. Among his many roles, he oversees the asset management structure for third party managed properties, and acts as Managing Partner with joint venture partners in existing operations held in partnership and in newly formed developments. He is responsible for directing activities including deal structuring, financial feasibility analysis, financing, hospitality chain and management firm negotiations, sales and marketing, bidding and construction. Integrity and dynamism have defined Lionstone and its affiliated companies in the United States, the Caribbean and South America for decades. That same spirit motivates the family-owned Lionstone organization as it continues to create distinctive properties that respect and enhance the communities where they invest and work.

Please visit http://www.lionstone.net for more information.

Mr. Lowenstein can be contacted at 305-672-5466 or info@lionstone.net

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.