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Mr. Kunzer

Ryan Kunzer

General Manager, The Duniway, a Hilton Hotel

Ryan Kunzer serves as the General Manager of The Duniway, a Hilton Hotel. With over six years of managing experience and a love for Portland, Oregon Mr. Kunzer brings creative thinking, an energetic spirit and a surplus of hospitality experience to the downtown property.

As General Manager, Mr. Kunzer is responsible for devising all capital expenditures including revenue management, team building and delivering a business strategy to increase quality and efficiency of overall operations.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Kunzer held the position of General Manager at Hotel Monaco Portland and the RiverPlace Hotel. He also worked as the Rooms Director at Allegro Chicago.

Mr. Kunzer is always looking to push boundaries and harness the trailblazing spirit that sets The Duniway apart. He is currently introducing a "Run with the GM" program at The Duniway, providing opportunities for team building among the hotel staff. He also plans to activate the new rooftop space, Abigail's Hideaway with local events, arts partnerships and other community driven programming to engage the local market and satisfy the quest for experiential travel while visiting the property.

Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Kunzer graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Hospitality Management. In 2002, he moved to Portland to work at the Hilton Executive Tower, which later converted to The Duniway, and triumphantly returns to bring his career full circle.

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

Mr. Kunzer can be contacted at +1 503-721-2887 or ryan.kunzer@duniwayhotel.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.