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Mr. Croghan

Jim Croghan

Chief Executive Officer, Identity Hospitality

Jim Croghan's hospitality management and spa career spans 22 years. He has a proven success record of resort and spa openings as a spa consultant and trainer, former Spa Director, vendor, writer and conference speaker.

Mr. Croghan's role is all-encompassing: from the initial feasibility and financial stages to the pre-opening stages and support of the ongoing development of each spa project. He is also responsible for ensuring that the highest standards are adhered to and that guest experience exceeds expectations. He works closely with all client head offices, owners, Hotel General Managers and Spa Directors as he develops and maintains key objectives, operating criteria, programming, budgeting, staff relations, marketing and training.

Mr. Croghan is a recognized and sought after speaker at hospitality events, including: University of California, Irvine - Spa & Hospitality Program, Global Spa & Wellness Mentorship Program and International Spa Association (ISPA) contributing best industry practices and tools for the spa industry.

Mr. Croghan is also one of I-Connection Founders, which provides event hosting, philanthropic efforts and continued support to the Spa and Wellness industry.

Identity Hospitality is founded on the guiding principal that success within the spa industry cannot be solely measured by its vision or by its profitability alone. Sustainability today and in the future economic cycles requires strong guidance and direction that Identity Hospitality provides.  Identity has extensive experience in the wellness, spa, fitness industries and retirement facilities, including distinctive design, operation, business analysis, treatment development, product designation and training. Identity has been recognized for capturing authentic and marketable qualities from the local culture, and for delivering distinctive facilities and guest experiences.

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

Mr. Croghan can be contacted at +1 760-916-5882 or jim@identityhospitality.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.