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Mr. Miller

Dewiet Miller

Director of Food and Beverage, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Dewiet Miller is the Director of Food and Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. He has successfully overseen all Food & Beverage and Culinary Operations for the city's only AAA Five-Diamond hotel which includes the hotels' signature restaurant, ELWAY'S Downtown, owned by former Denver Bronco and NFL hall of famer, John Elway. Mr. Miller's widespread enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the hospitality industry have greatly impacted the Food and Beverage team's accomplishments at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver with company-high scores in overall food quality, among other key areas which measure the success of the F&B sector. Mr. Miller embodies a simple philosophy, one that is based on this: the more you coach, train, empower and mentor your employees, it's the better the investment you make in growing your business. A respected leader and champion for internal growth, Mr. Miller has increased the morale of ladies and gentleman, recently solidified record high employee engagement scores and guest satisfaction scores for the hotel. Mr. Miller joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. in 2000 with the opening of the posh golf and beach resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall, Jamaica where he spent five years in various Food & Beverage positions. In 2005 Miller joined The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, where he was Assistant Director of Food & Beverage and was instrumental in overseeing the re-conceptualization in 2006 of the F&B operations at that property. Mr. Miller has also held the position of Director of Operations for The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, St. Thomas, overseeing the day-to-day operations for the 105-unit fractional ownership resort. He was also instrumental in the refurbishment and renovation of 84 Ritz-Carlton Club Residences. Mr. Miller is proud to be from his native homeland of Jamaica and is considers himself to be a man of hospitality while maintaining an eye on quality at all levels, the same way he is about enjoying the music of his homeland.

Mr. Miller can be contacted at 303-312-3826 or dewiet.miller@ritzcarlton.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.