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Mr. Marino

James Marino

General Manager, The Lexington New York City

James Marino is the General Manager of The Lexington New York City. With more than two decades in luxury hospitality and experience in major metropolitan markets such as New York and Chicago, Marino successfully guided the Manhattan hotel through a multi-million dollar transformation. Mr. Marino joined The Lexington New York City from the Hyatt Arlington in Arlington, Virginia where he served as general manager for three years. His strong background in finance, sales and marketing drove the successful operation of the 318-room hotel; Mr. Marino exceeded Hyatt Arlington's annual budgeted revenue goal for two consecutive years while also increasing the overall RevPar (Revenue per Available Room) by more than 20%. Under his guidance, the Hyatt Arlington also improved its standing on the international travel review forum, Trip Advisor - jumping from #31 to #9. Prior to the Hyatt Arlington, Mr. Marino spent two years with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. As general manager of the Wyndham Glenview Suites in Glenview, Illinois, he placed an emphasis on delivering above-average guest experiences. Mr. Marino's efforts helped position the hotel among Wyndham Hotels & Resorts top three properties for overall guest satisfaction. His work also earned him recognition within the industry as a nominee for “Illinois Hotelier of the Year” in 2008. Mr. Marino's success at the Wyndham Glenview Suites secured him a position as the task force general manager for the brand. As the lead trouble shooting general manager, he was assigned to improve operating results at the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey and the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Resort in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Marino's highly developed management expertise is rooted in his varied experience throughout the country. In addition to his work with globally recognized brands such as Hyatt and Wyndham, Mr. Marino has also lead operations for hotels within the Hilton, Omni and Kimpton portfolios. His exceptional track record for managing distinctive Four Diamond boutique properties is defined by accomplishments that include consistently leading all Kimpton Hotels in their Chicago region in average daily rates, occupancy, guest comment card scores and employee surveys while acting as general manager of Hotel Monaco in Chicago; and earning the AAA Four Diamond Award for Chicago's Omni Ambassador East in 2004 and 2005, a first in the hotel's more than 80 year history. His innovative and creative approaches to management resulted in his hotel, the Hotel Monaco Chicago, to appear on the Travel Channel's “Great Hotels” with Samantha Brown, with its own dedicated 30-minute segment. Mr. Marino attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook and continued his education at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration where he earned his Masters in Professional Studies.

Mr. Marino can be contacted at 212-755-4400 or jmarino@lexingtonnyc.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.