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Mr. Reagoso

Edward Reagoso

General Manager, The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Edward Reagoso is a member of the ownership as well as the General Manager of The Wilshire Grand Hotel - a boutique hotel in West Orange, NJ. The Wilshire Grand Hotel boasts more than twenty thousand square feet of upscale banquet space, a complimentary full breakfast, state of the art WIFI and VOIP. The hotel also serves as home to the Zagat-Rated Primavera Restaurant & Bar, American Yoga Academy, and Jason Craig Entertainment, allowing clients one-stop shopping during their stay. Mr. Reagoso's interpersonal and managing skills were developed early in his career as an assistant manager for Omni Hotels in what was their “Classic” Division in their early years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Princeton, New Jersey. Having gained invaluable experience of a proficient systems & controls execution, Mr. Reagoso switched gears and went to work Prime Hospitality, knowing they were a sales- driven company that would teach him the sales process. With Mr. Reagoso's next opportunity came the promise of experience in brand change, conversion, and his first chance at multi-unit management including brands such as Sheraton, Courtyard, Holiday Inn, and three boutique projects that led him to Gettysburg, Philadelphia (where he was born & raised) and Wilmington, Delaware. It also presented him the opportunity to meet with hotel customers again and work directly with private owners. From this point until his tenure at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, Mr. Reagoso served as Regional Manager of Operations for Innkeepers Hospitality working with brands such as Residence Inn, Hampton, & Courtyard, and as Regional Vice President for Prime Hospitality with the AmeriSuites and Wellesley brands. Mr. Reagoso decided in 2007 to join the ownership in West Orange, New Jersey and has been building his business enjoying life while breaking records.

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

Mr. Reagoso can be contacted at 862-252-8440 or er@thewilshiregrandhotel.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.