• Summary

  • Lodging Luminaries with Jason Freed spotlights individuals making their mark in the hospitality industry. Every other week, Lodging Luminaries delivers a one-to-one conversation with hoteliers who are thinking differently about the future of hospitality. These are the movers and shakers in the industry who are in positions to create change and drive the industry forward. Guests are encouraged to discuss opportunities for hospitality leaders to be more creative, innovative and forward-thinking.
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Episodes
  • Robert Cole: Hotel industry ‘still has a long way to go’

    Jul 27 2021

    Robert Cole is CEO of Hospitality Ventures Management Group, a third-party management company he founded 20 years ago. HVMG manages more than 40 hotels. Since establishing HVMG, Cole has led hotel teams through various crises, including 9/11, the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Lodging Luminaries, host Jason Freed talks with Cole about how HVMG managed to do more than merely eke out a profit from the hotels in its portfolio during the pandemic. Over the past 18 months, it exceeded the industry’s average house-profit levels. Cole talks about the tough decisions that were made amid the crisis to save the hotels under HVMG’s care and how HVMG has adjusted its business model to succeed in post-pandemic America.

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    25 mins
  • Mike Levie: Transformational thinking will save hotel industry post-pandemic

    Jul 8 2021

    Michael Levie is co-founder and operations chief of Citizen M, a tech-forward luxury lifestyle hotel brand that caters to the frequent traveler, the mobile citizen. Lodging Luminaries podcast spotlights innovators in the hospitality industry and Levie is a prime example of a hotelier who thinks differently about the form and function of lodging. He has built a company culture that encourages creativity and ‘what-if’ thinking. In this episode Lodging Luminaries host Jason Freed talks with Levie about the importance of opening yourself to transformational ideas as the global hotel industry emerges from the wreckage of the coronavirus crisis.

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    26 mins
  • Talene Staab: More women owners means better hotels

    Jun 24 2021

    Talene Staab, global brand head of Tru by Hilton, has been with the franchiser her whole career. The midscale brand launched in 2016 and in 2019 Staab took the reins to lead the growth of Tru, which is closing in on its 200th opening. In Episode 5 of Lodging Luminaries, Staab talks with host Jason Freed about her experience as a global brand head of a new-build concept continuously undergoing tweaks and revisions and what she and Hilton are doing to encourage more women to invest in hotels. She also dives into the work Tru has done around augmenting the guest experience through design and personalization, turning a hotel into more than a place to rest your head but a key part of your overall travel experience.

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    31 mins

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