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Mr. Haas

Thomas Haas

Vice President of Food & Beverage, Noble House Hotels & Resorts

As vice president of food and beverage for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Thomas Haas is responsible for the development, personnel management and financial operations for all Noble House food and beverage venues across the United States. Previous to his position as vice president, Mr. Haas was appointed the corporate F&B regional director for Noble House Hotels & Resorts in 2006, overseeing food and beverage operations for Western United States properties, including The Edgewater and University Tower Hotel in Seattle, WA; The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, CA; Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA; and The Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, NM. In this position, Mr. Haas was responsible for developing new service training, new bar concepts and refinement of menu content within the western properties. Before joining Noble House in July 2000, Mr. Haas was the managing director of the Fireman Hospitality Group, one of the largest independent restaurant groups in New York City, and was also managing director FHG's $18 million grossing Red Eye Grill. He has extensive experience in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, and has held executive level positions at properties ranging from The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills and The Breakers in Palm Beach, to Dom Hotel in Limburg, Germany and The Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach. Mr. Haas also worked in management roles at Montezinos Restaurant in Palm Beach and Hotel du Cap, Eden Rock in Cap d'Antibes, France. A native of Germany, he began his career with a four-year apprenticeship at some of Europe's top luxury hotels, including Brenner's Park Hotel in Baden-Baden and the l'Hotel du Roc in Antibe, in the south of France. Fluent in English, German and French, Mr. Haas graduated from the University of Villingen in Germany, German College of Hotel Administration and from Cornell University in New York with degrees in Hospitality Management, Economics and Culinary Arts.

Mr. Haas can be contacted at 425-827-8737 or thaas@noblehousehotels.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.