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Ms. Crowley

Lori Crowley

Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Lori Crowley began her hospitality career as a Food and Beverage manager in Atlantic City when the city became a gambling and tourist destination.  She worked at the historic Claridge Hotel, Harrah's Marina and opened Trump Taj Mahal before joining Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in 1990.

Over two decades, opportunities to travel and manage upscale properties and resorts across the country, including Hawaii, made Ms. Crowley a valued Food and Beverage executive within the company. She was selected to be the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for 120 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and played a primary role in the planning and execution of Food and Beverage operations for new hotel openings and takeovers.    Ms. Crowley relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 to complete the takeover and renovation of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza as the Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.  This role included senior leadership responsibilities for multiple Southern California Hotels.

Ms. Crowley's extensive experience brings fresh perspective and creativity to new restaurant concepts while keeping them market appropriate. She has demonstrated a commitment to bring locally sourced food, environmentally safe practices and supporting the community to her workplace.

A native of New Jersey, Ms. Crowley graduated Rider University with a degree in Business Administration and has completed several post graduate courses in her career. She is a curious and accomplished traveler who enjoys the outdoors, food, fashion, photography and wine. Ms. Crowley currently lives in Dallas, Texas.


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

Ms. Crowley can be contacted at 214-987-9300 or lori.crowley@prismhotels.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.