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Mr. Berwald

Patrick Berwald

Vice President of F&B, Benchmark Global Hospitality

Patrick Berwald, Vice President of F&B for Benchmark Global Hospitality, currently oversees all aspects of food and beverage strategy and direction for 80 diverse international properties.

With over 20 years of food and beverage experience, Mr. Berwald has held key roles with leading hotels and brands among a number of  diverse operating models.  Mr. Berwald received formal culinary training at the world-renowned, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.  He then attained his BS in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Since then, Mr. Berwald has furthered his education with Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration focusing on Hospitality Finance and Marketing.  While in Las Vegas, Mr. Berwald opened the Paris Hotel & Casino as well as worked with MGM Resorts International and Caesar's Entertainment.  Mr. Berwald then went on to collaborate with such brands as Thompson, Hilton and InterContinental to include the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt and InterContinental North American flagship  as well as  the historic Willard in Washington, DC.  Recently Mr. Berwald held the role of Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for the New York based luxury brand, Loews Hotels.  Mr. Berwald was responsible for overall strategy, financial performance, operating efficiencies, capital projects and concept development. 

Mr. Berwald maintains credentials with the American Hotel & Restaurant Association (CFBE) and the National Restaurant Association (FMP).  In addition, he is an active member of the F&B committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. 


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

Mr. Berwald can be contacted at 281-364-3204 or pberwald@benchmarkglobal.com

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.