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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.