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Mr. Raine

Michael Raine

Business Development/Project Executive, HITT

"With over 30 years of experience within the construction industry, Michael Raine serves HITT Contracting's Hospitality division whose broad range of experience ranging from historic renovations to ground up, new construction hotels for some of the world's most exclusive brands produces revenues in excess of $100 million per year.

Mr. Raine began his career in his family's plumbing business, cleaning copper fittings in the office basement at the age of 10 and eventually earning his Master Plumber / Gas-Fitters licenses in five local Washington, DC jurisdictions. As a project manager and business development executive he has a true passion for the construction industry and has built a reputation as a true client advocate. Detailed planning, enhanced communication, and understanding client objectives ensures a proactive approach to business development and project management where any goal is within reach.

Specializing in hospitality and commercial construction including PIP's, renovations, re-purposing and base building, Mr. Raine's list of clients range from limited and full service to luxury and resort hospitality clients for both corporations and owner / operators. He builds, maintains, and enhances client relationships. His passion for the client has prompted him to teach client relationship management courses over his career. His mantra for maintaining client relationships falls under three simple rules: keep your promises, return every phone call, and take every phone call.

As Project Executive within HITT's Hospitality division, Mr. Raine is tasked with expanding the client base, building and enhancing existing client relationships and overseeing a dynamic project management team. He facilitates client relationships and is responsible for contract review, negotiation, and administration. He is dedicated to ensuring project success through ownership of the schedule, project team management, and subcontractor management."

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelraine/

Mr. Raine can be contacted at +1 703-289-9247 or miraine@hitt-gc.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.