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Ms. Levitt

Rachel Levitt

Vice President, HVS Executive Search

Rachel Levitt is Vice President at HVS Executive Search based in San Diego. She brings a holistic approach to working with a diverse range of hospitality clients at both the mid-management and executive levels across all functional areas within organizations. Her career experience includes leading Talent Acquisition and Recruiting for Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group in New York, where she teamed up with operations leaders to create a strategy for building a sustainable pipeline of new talent. 

She has also held strategic partnerships and project management roles in the technology, finance and environmental fields. She partners with organizations ranging from entrepreneurial startups to those in the Fortune 500. Ms. Levitt's background combined with her passion for helping others find their best career paths naturally lends itself to the field of executive recruitment.

Ms. Levitt graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in Leadership and Management Strategy. She is a founding member of the school's Innovation and Creativity in Business Society and remains active in the Real Estate and Hospitality Alumni groups.

Ms. Levitt is also dedicated to helping students navigate their careers and volunteers as a career coach and mentor through both the universities she has attended. "Nothing is more exciting and rewarding for me than helping others discover the next step in their career journeys. Whether it is a graduating college student, an experienced executive, or a close friend, I love helping people see the future, and their own potential, in a new light."

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

Ms. Levitt can be contacted at +1 516-248-8828 or rlevitt@hvs.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.