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Mr. White

Brandon White

Director of Revenue Management, The Hotel Group

Brandon White of The Hotel Group brings over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Director of Revenue Management, Mr. White oversees a team of Regional Revenue Managers whose focus is on maximizing profitability for The Hotel Group's portfolio of hotels and restaurants.

The Hotel Group (THG) is a nationally recognized leading hotel management and investment company. Since its inception in 1984, THG has managed and/or owned over 125 properties in 25 states representing over 20 brands, directed the design and construction of nearly 50 new hotels, and completed the acquisition of nearly $200 million in private investment through the Hotel Group Opportunity Funds. Ranging from select-service hotels in suburban communities to full-service hotels in large metropolitan markets, The Hotel Group focuses is on connecting with the right partner, preferred brands and in dynamic and growing markets.

Mr. White is skilled in many areas including analyzing Smith Travel Research (STR) data, a recognized hospitality reporting system, and Travelclick, a hotel reporting system utilized to measure trends in hotel markets. He has extensive experience working with major U.S. hotel brands such as Marriott International, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hyatt, Radisson, Choice Hotels and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts which provides specialized and valuable insight.

Mr. White worked for multiple Hulsing Hotels properties prior to joining THG's Crown Plaza Kansas City Downtown in 2010 and being promoted into a revenue management role. During his tenure with The Hotel Group Mr. White has directly overseen the growth of 18 hotels and helped to make them to top earners in their respective markets.

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

Mr. White can be contacted at +1 425-771-1788 or bwhite@thehotelgroup.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.