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Mr. Hazinski

Thomas Hazinski

Managing Director, HVS Facililties Consulting

Thomas A. Hazinski is the Managing Director of HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting in Chicago, Illinois. His consulting practice is dedicated to the market and financial analysis of public assembly facilities, including convention and conference centers, headquarters hotels, sports and event facilities, performing arts venues, tourism attractions, mixed-use developments, and other development initiatives.

Mr. Hazinski has over 25 years of experience in the public policy arena, as both a public official and a consultant. He specializes in providing economic and financial research to public agencies involved in economic development initiatives. Before starting his consulting career, Mr. Hazinski served in several positions for the City of Chicago, including assistant budget director. In this capacity, he managed the City's revenue analysis unit and was responsible for project revenue estimation, legislative review, and fiscal impact analyses. Mr. Hazinski holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Mr. Hazinski has managed over 400 assignments related to the analysis of public assembly facilities and is a widely published industry leader. He is a leading expert on public/private partnerships in hotel development. Tom has helped his clients successfully develop public facilities projects in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, New York City, Nashville, Baltimore, Raleigh, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, and many other US markets-large and small. His extensive international experience includes hospitality and mixed-use projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Hazinski has taught a class at Roosevelt University in Chicago on the feasibility study of hospitality and tourism assets.


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

Mr. Hazinski can be contacted at 312587990011 or thazinski@hvs.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.