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Mr. Bashaw

Curtis Bashaw

Co-Managing Partner, Cape Advisors and Cape Resorts Group

Curtis Bashaw is the co-founder and co-managing partner of Cape Advisors, a high-profile real estate development firm operating out of New York and New Jersey, as well as Cape Resorts Group, a division of Cape Advisors and hotel operating group focusing on classic American resort properties. Mr. Bashaw is widely known for his expertise in creatively repositioning underutilized and abandoned properties. His credentials include the restoration of the landmark 1816 Congress Hall hotel and award-winning Virginia Hotel and Cottages in Cape May, N.J. Other properties include The Star Inn, Sandpiper Beach Club, and Beach Shack/Rusty Nail Bar and Restaurant in Cape May, and The Chelsea in Atlantic City. His organization expanded to the Hamptons in 2015, opening two new properties in Sag Harbor: Baron's Cove and the Bulova Watchcase Factory. Since entering the real estate/hospitality industry in 1982, Bashaw has preserved and developed dozens of hotel, restaurant, residential, retail, office and mixed-use properties. His emphasis remains on adaptive reuse, historic preservation and economic development. The developer/hotelier took time off in 2004-2005 to serve as New Jersey's executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, a job that entailed overseeing the investment of more than $250 million of gaming tax revenues in economic development projects statewide. Currently, Mr. Bashaw serves on the Board of Trustees at the New York Academy of Art and is the founder and president of The Fund for Cape May. He is also a member of the board of Cape May Stage and is a member of the Cape May City Mayor's Advisory Committee and N.J. First Legislative District Economic Development Task Force. Previously, he served on the Board of Trustees for Stockton College, including a term as president of the board; and sat on the Cape May County Planning Board, New Jersey Governor's Tourism Advisory Council, and New Jersey Cultural Trust. His work in the public and private sector has earned him many accolades, including commendations from the Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May County Planning Board, N.J. State Assembly, N.J. State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives; as well as numerous honors from community organizations.

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

Mr. Bashaw can be contacted at 609-884-9300 or cbashaw@capeadvisors.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.