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Ms. Berry

Joy Berry

Co-Founder, The Camp at Carmel Valley

Joy Berry has a broad range of experience in the hospitality industry, including operations, buying, selling, and developing hotels, resorts, spas, residential, fractional units, and casinos.

Ms. Berry has owned and operated her own hotels, bought and sold hotels for corporations, negotiated management and franchise hotel agreements, developed a significant portfolio of hotels for Marriott International, and created an award-winning hotel brand and management company.

Most recently Ms. Berry served as the Founder and President of a new hotel platform and brand called Travaasa. The platform was a roll-up of existing resorts; buying six-star, inspirational, irreplaceable pieces of real estate, maintaining four-star bricks and mortar assets, offering six-star memorable experiences, to capture five-star pricing. The operational credo was "experience is the new luxury."

Ms. Berry built a hotel management company from scratch with expertise in operations, marketing, branding, revenue management, and financial reporting. Her creative, yet financial acumen, led to a brand catering to a strong demand of hotel guests yearning for something new, and provided hotel investors an under-supplied asset. Annual revenues of these resorts grew by 50 percent per year under her leadership.

Previously, Ms. Berry was Senior Vice President of Marriott International and headed up Marriott's real estate development division to deploy their capital in strategic markets in the Western US. She created a team that built 40 ground-up hotels for Marriott's corporate portfolio deploying $650 million in equity. In addition to ground-up deals, she negotiated franchise and management contracts producing fee income value. Together, over a period of 12 years, she was responsible for creating 170 new Marriott hotels and several Ritz Carlton mixed-use resorts, including residential units (both fee and fractional), spas, and hotels for Ritz Carlton.

Ms. Berry also has experience in the gaming industry, having won the first casino license in the state of Indiana and developed a riverboat casino operation resulting in a first year EBITDA of $40 million for a project development of $110 million. She has worked in many of the gaming jurisdictions to acquire and develop or reposition casinos for national gaming companies.

Ms. Berry's in depth knowledge of hospitality real estate (resorts, urban/suburban hotels, spas, residential, fractional, and gaming) combined with her operational and branding experience creates a unique perspective to assist other owners and operators to maximize their returns while creating high satisfactory guest touch points for an award-winning asset.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joy-berry-23a1b966/

Ms. Berry can be contacted at +1 949-500-7009 or joy@joyberry.org

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.