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Ms. St. Clair

Jasmine St. Clair

Vice President of Design & Construction, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Jasmine St. Clair is the Vice President of Design and Construction for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company.

An experienced professional who has worked on virtually all aspects of hotel design, development and operations, Ms. St. Clair has more than 20 years of project management experience in the hotel industry. She has worked for iconic national and international brands and operators including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, La Quinta, Bristol Hotels & Resorts, Remington Hotels & Resorts, and, most recently, Omni Hotels & Resorts. Over the course of her distinguished career, she has been responsible for managing franchise design and construction development, spearheading new product development and improvement plans (PIP's) on conversion projects, and supervising change of ownership and repositioning logistics at numerous hotels and resorts.

Additionally, Ms. St. Clair has spent time in the purchasing project management role for one of the industry's premier hospitality purchasing companies, Purchasing Management International in Dallas, Texas. Her responsibilities with Purchasing Management International included managing one of the firm's primary clients, Meristar Hotels & Resorts, as well as working on new Westin hotel developments for Beachwood Development in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ms. St. Clair graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where she earned a degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M's School of Architecture. As part of her drive to continue to learn and expanded both her knowledge and professional skillset, she continues to take additional graduate-level course work in Construction Management at her alma mater. She currently resides in Colleyville, Texas, with her husband and two sons.

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

Ms. St. Clair can be contacted at +1 214-987-9300 or jasmine.stclair@prismhotels.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.