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Mr. Hart

Jeff Hart

General Manager, Los Angeles Airport Marriott

Jeff Hart is General Manager of the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.

Through over 33 years in the hotel industry, 30 of which have been served with Marriott International, Mr. Hart has forged a highly recognized career through opening, repositioning and transforming strategically important hotel assets for several Marriott properties. His hotel management experience has taken him throughout the United States, where he has served in leadership roles for more than 10 prominent Marriott hotels.

Mr. Hart earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Purdue University, and began his hospitality career in food and beverage programs with Restaurant and Catering Management roles at the Cleveland Marriott, Southbend Marriott, and Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort.

After working as Director of Catering Sales at the Miami Airport Marriott, Mr. Hart transitioned to the West Coast, where he served as Director of Catering Sales and Director of Restaurant Operations at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. He then took his expertise to Schaumburg Marriott in Illinois as Food & Beverage Director, before returning to Southern California as Director of Operations for both Manhattan Beach Marriott and Marina Del Rey Marriott.

On the West Coast, Mr. Hart lent strategic insight, leadership and hotel management experience as the General Manager for the Manhattan Beach Marriott, Seattle Airport Marriott, Redmond Marriott Town Center where he led the hotel's opening, and Old Town Pasadena Courtyard Marriott, before returning to the iconic Los Angeles Airport Marriott (LAX Marriott).

Currently General Manager at the LAX Marriott, Mr. Hart leads a seamless operation of the property's 1,004 guest rooms and 55,000 square feet of event space. Most recently, he guided the significant Southern California hotel through an entire property transformation, which re-imagined the LAX Marriott, and re-introduced the hotel as a sleek cosmopolitan center of innovation and exploration that is setting the stage of the next generation of travel.

Mr. Hart's passion for both service and quality has earned him recognition with awards such as Best in Class - Sales and Marketing Award as well as Sales Leadership Excellence Award from Marriott International. He is an active participant and leader in the Los Angeles community, and currently serves as an Executive Board Member for Gateway Los Angeles.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxap-los-angeles-airport-marriott/ for more information.

Mr. Hart can be contacted at +1 310-337-5339 or Jeff.Hart@marriott.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.