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Mr. Engel

Tom Engel

Principal, T.R. ENGEL Group

Hospitality industry leader with 30+ years of expertise, Tom Engel is credited with being instrumental in creating three (3) global lodging brands—Embassy Suites Hotels, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham. Mr. Engel is president and founder of the T.R. ENGEL Group, LLC (TRE), a Boston-based hospitality advisor and operational asset management firm operating on a global basis. TRE's core business discipline revolves around advising institutional investors—pension funds, real estate investment managers, and high net worth family offices—investing in hotel assets in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. TRE typically then oversees the entirety of the investment in the role of hotel asset manager working on behalf of the investor.

Previously Mr. Engel was Executive Vice President, Equitable/AXA Real Estate Investment Management Inc., where he created, then ran its worldwide lodging and leisure investment management group. Mr. Engel's group was a full-service hospitality resource, providing both hotel debt and equity investments, conducting project management and through its asset management team was responsible for the oversight of a $2 billion portfolio of 62 hotels and resorts. Previously, Mr. Engel was a Group Brand Manager at Unilever, Inc. and Director of Marketing, at Revlon, Inc.

Mr. Engel has extensive experience with creation of hotel brands, operations planning, and creation of brand standards and procedures with luxury, upscale and extended?stay hotels. Mr. Engel is a director of publicly-held The Procaccianti Hotel REIT. He is an adjunct professor at Boston University and Chairman, Boston University School of Hospitality Management's Advisory Board. Graduate of the Northwestern University, University of St. Thomas. Veteran, United States Marine Corps, VMA-131 Air Wing.


Please visit https://www.trengelgroup.com for more information.

Mr. Engel can be contacted at +1 617-451-1701 or thomasengel@trengelgroup.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.