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Mr. Cronin

David Cronin

General Manager, Houston Marriott West Loop

David Cronin came to the Houston Marriott West Loop after 16 years of extensive Food and Beverage experience with Marriott, at both domestic and international locations. He held positions in Catering Sales, Event Management and Event Planning before becoming the Director of Food and Beverage at Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. His successful management of a broad cross-section of hospitality F&B operations, from vacation destinations in Florida and Texas to full service hotels in Illinois and Utah, led to many prestigious awards and national recognition. In Salt Lake City, Mr. Cronin personally garnered Marriott's Chairman Circle Achiever Award and Global Leadership Award for Special Events; while the hotel received many awards including Gold Key Award, Best of State Award, and Platinum Choice Award. At Chicago Marriott Downtown, he led the event team to regional acclaim by twice earning Marriott Event Team of the Year and Most Improved Event Customer Satisfaction. Since taking the reins of the Houston Marriott West Loop as the General Manager, Mr. Cronin received the prestigious Marriott General Manager Mustang Award for outstanding business leadership and led the hotel to awards for Customer Satisfaction Excellence and Guest Impact for 2011, and recognition as the Most Improved Hotel in the Americas. Mr. Cronin is active in the Houston Area Lodging Association, Children's Miracle Network, and Houston Business Council. At home, he enjoys reading, spending time with his daughter and is an avid cyclist.

Mr. Cronin can be contacted at 713-624-1520 or david.cronin@marriott.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.