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Mr. Plotka

Robert Plotka

Managing Director, CityScape Capital Group

Robert Plotka, CFA is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of CityScape Capital Group, LLC based in Princeton, NJ. CityScape Capital Group is an investment banking firm that specializes in providing direct investment, equity placement and financial advisory services for historic rehabilitation tax credit transactions located throughout the country. In addition, Mr. Plotka is the President and Co-Founder of Preservation Easement Trust, Inc. based in Princeton, NJ. As a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, Preservation Easement Trust is dedicated to preserving our nation^aEURTMs historic buildings and sites through the acceptance and responsible management of historic preservation conservation easements combined with public education and awareness efforts designed to foster support for historic preservation. Before co-founding CityScape Capital Group and Preservation Easement Trust, Mr. Plotka managed the development and implementation of new business opportunities at Automatic Data Processing/Brokerage Information Services Group (ADP/BISG). His activities included mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, deal structure negotiations, company and systems integration, and corporate re-engineering. During this time period, he also managed the design and development of two market intelligence databases for ADP/BISG's intranet, performed in-depth strategic explorations into electronic exchanges, frame relay networks, and the value of information content, and supervised the corporate and systems integration of a newly acquired fixed-income back office processing company. Prior to obtaining his graduate degree, Mr. Plotka served as a MIS consultant for Andersen Consulting's Financial Services Group and a mortgage-backed securities analyst for Thomson McKinnon Securities. Mr. Plotka holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters degree in finance and marketing from the Marshall Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with high honors and received the Albert T. Quon University and Community Service Award. In addition, Mr. Plotka is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Mr. Plotka can be contacted at 609-951-2200 or robert@cityscapecapital.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.