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Mr. Rivera

Fernando Rivera

General Manager, Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach

Fernando Rivera brings more than 20 years of operational, sales, marketing and brand management experience to his role as General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach, the all new boutique hotel, located in the heart of Miami's most dynamic neighborhood, Sunset Harbour.

Previously with esteemed downtown Miami property Kimpton EPIC Hotel where Mr. Rivera served as both Hotel Manager and Director of Sales, his high energy, customer-oriented management style has led to success at every turn. He continues to be an innovative and detail-oriented leader, able to work in fast-paced and high-pressure environments with confidence, passion and integrity.

Mr. Rivera also held Sales & Marketing positions at Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami, HPN Global, Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt Regency Miami and Intercontinental Hotel Miami.

Throughout his work at various hotels, Mr. Rivera showcased his ability to come up with high quality and engaging creative programming and partnerships, which elevated the hotel guest journey on property. A well-respected manager, he gets the job done while simultaneously teaching and mentoring staff and creating new strategies to minimize employee turnover.

Mr. Rivera has always looked to expand his horizons and learn more in his field, including attending a two-week course from Cornell Asset Management in Singapore in 2008. He has a full operational background in the hospitality sphere, having previously worked front office, food and beverage, sales, marketing, brand management and revenue departments. Mr. Rivera will oversee Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach's daily operations, personnel, business development and guest relations when it opens in 2020.

Please visit http://www.hotelpalomar-southbeach.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernando-rivera-a644695

Mr. Rivera can be contacted at +1 305-812-7882 or fernando.rivera@hotelpalomar.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.