Case Studies Hospitality

Brad Grose – Alpha Construction

If you’ve recently stepped into a chain hotel and marveled at the contemporary look and feel—crisp architectural lines and muted colors, registration areas of faux brick and glass, comfy and spacious common areas with fireplaces and modernistic lighting, grotto-like pools and outdoor patios with firepits—chances are it was designed and built by Alpha Construction and its proven team […]

Rene Martinelli – Bolay

Florida is known for many things: Walt Disney World, alligators, oranges. More than anything, though, it’s the crystal blue water and endless beaches that define the Sunshine State. That fresh, casual vibe isn’t just reserved for resorts on the state’s east and west coasts. For Rene Martinelli, that vibe is perfect for the interior of […]

Jaime Palmer Walliker – RIU Hotels & Resorts

When Jaime Palmer Walliker joined Spanish-based RIU Hotels & Resorts in 2001 as a mechanical engineer working at the company’s Caribbean properties, he saw it as the logical next step in his career—a way to ready himself for the opportunities ahead. Little did he know, they’d all come under the same roof. Nearly 20 years later, Palmer has become an […]

Rob Chomiak – The Canadian Brewhouse

It’s a sense of optimism that’s not widely shared in the restaurant industry. Even before COVID-19 many chains were retrenching or revamping their business models. Since the pandemic, some brands have struggled to merely survive. A notable exception might be in western Canada, where The Canadian Brewhouse—a family-friendly sports bar and restaurant—continues to think big. […]

Gregg Collison – P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc.

He is ready for the next challenge, confident that his nearly three-year stretch as vice president of facilities and construction at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., along with 29 years of professional experience, have more than prepared him for whatever the future holds. In the meantime, Gregg Collison can mull options from his Scottsdale, Arizona, […]

Donald R. Boyken – DRB Development Solutions

The Windy City isn’t among the easiest places to manage a major construction project, what with its oftentimes confusing politics and—more recently—the perfect storm of COVID-19 and mass protests that have brought so much business to a standstill. Such obstacles notwithstanding, the latest addition to Hilton’s brand of Curio Collection hotels should garner its certificate […]

Sandy Karp – IPIC Theaters LLC

A night at the movies is changing. In many ways, it can feel like a night at home, with cushioned recliners and blankets for snuggling. But not only is there the amazing big screen and a sound system that you can’t replicate in your living room; the popcorn is better and gourmet food and specialty […]

John F. Hogan— Marriott International

The call came into the New Orleans Sheraton on a Thursday afternoon from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—and it was not to book a reservation in one of the French Quarter’s hot spots. The hotel on 555 Canal St., was now a hot spot for a very different reason. More than 5,000 COVID-19 cases […]

Mel Smith – Torchy’s Tacos

Chain, casual dining restaurants aren’t known for creativity, but that can be part of their attraction. Doesn’t matter if the customer is in Portland East or Portland West, Detroit or Dallas. Most any branded restaurant looks alike with an identical menu and meals. It’s a business model due for some spicing up, which is what […]

Al Parker Jr. – Ocean Casino Resort

There’s always something to maintain in a casino resort hotel just one room shy of 1,400 in Atlantic City. Even though the building is currently closed to the public, something’s bound to leak, get dusty, need preventative maintenance, an upgrade or replacement. Thus Al Parker Jr., the facilities director since the rebranded Ocean Casino Resort […]

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