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Ms. Brock

Colby Brock

General Manager, The Radisson Hotel New Rochelle

Colby Brock obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Psychology and English from the University of Hartford. She interned for the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle while attending college and began working there full-time in 1999 as restaurant manager. In 2008, while continuing to manage the City Lounge at the Radisson, Ms. Brock pursued a degree in Interior Design form Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. She then joined as a designer for Mojo Stumer Associates, an architectural design firm. One of the projects she worked on was the re-design of the Radisson's lobby. In 2011, Ms. Brock returned to the Radisson as the Food and Beverage Director, Interior Designer/Project Manager, with responsibility for overseeing the $2 million renovation program to re-position the hotel as a stylish, contemporary, Manhattan boutique hotel. The scope of the project included upgrades of all 129 guest rooms, the lobby, elevators, hospitality suites and the re-branding of its restaurant which opened on May 15, 2012 as NoMa Social. Everything about the new dining destination reflects Ms. Brock's design sensibility and understanding of the vital role that F&B plays in enhancing the hotel experience of today's sophisticated traveler. To help make NoMa Social feel like a second home for visitors, a 'library decor' was created, one that is eclectic, with warm purple and gray colors, yet chic at the same time. The space includes numerous comfortable couches and low cocktail tables that can accommodate a variety of group sizes, as well as more traditional seating. The Mediterranean menu, created by acclaimed executive chef Bill Rosenberg, offers tapas and other small plates that can be shared in surroundings that promote a relaxing and interactive dining experience. Ms. Brock's contributions to the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle's improvements were instrumental in the hotel winning a “Renovation Excellence Award” from the Radisson's parent company, Carlson, one of the world's largest hospitality and travel groups. Ms. Brock is also responsible for the hotel's floor management, staff training, corporate and social function contracts, menu and promotional creations as well as the hotel's public relations, marketing, promotion and advertising program. For the past 16 years, she has been a strong supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter where she is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is married to Mario Gualano.

Ms. Brock can be contacted at 914-576-3700 or colby.brock@radisson.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.