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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 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.