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Mr. Williams

Court Williams

Chief Executive Officer, HVS Executive Search

Court Williams is Chief Executive Officer of HVS Executive Search with offices in New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Hong Kong, London, Frankfort, and Dubai. Court is based in New York and has over 30 years of retained Hospitality Executive Search experience within the Hotel, Restaurant, Real Estate and Travel/Leisure industries.

Mr. Williams began his career in the Hospitality industry after graduating from Cornell's Hotel School gaining operational experience prior to launching a career track in Human Resources. Having gained experience in executive recruitment from the brand side, the desire to work with a broader range of hospitality clients led him to a career in retained executive search beginning in 1990.

Mr. Williams has expertise in leading senior hospitality executive searches across all functional areas including Board Director, CEO, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Real Estate Acquisitions, Revenue Management, Development, Culinary and Supply Chain. His client base includes private equity firms, hotel management companies, hotel investment companies, restaurant companies, and leisure venues.

In 2017 Mr. Williams launched an Organizational Development Division at HVS Executive Search to support the practice with Executive Assessments, On-Boarding programs, Leadership Development Workshops and 360-degree Reviews.

Mr. Williams also leads the global growth strategy for HVS Executive Search. He has been a sought-after speaker and panelist for hospitality industry events as he has enjoyed great success working closely with clients going through an organizational and cultural change, which is a leading topic in the hospitality industry today.

Mr. Williams remains an active Cornell alumnus and is a student coach with Cornell University's Hospitality Leadership Development Institute, as well as The Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management's Marketing Executive Coach Program (MECP). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.

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

Mr. Williams can be contacted at +1 5162488828220 or cwilliams@hvs.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.