Case Studies Hospitality

Trevor Dunlap – FireKeepers Casino Hotel 

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the middle of the buzzing casino world, where the clatter of slot machines, the bright lights and the sheer energy of the crowd come together to create an atmosphere of exhilarating anticipation, stands Trevor Dunlap, the facilities manager at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan. His work, often behind the scenes, is fundamental […]

Chuck Pagnotta – The Briad Group 

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Builders in the hospitality industry face various challenges that can impact the success of their projects. Ensuring regulatory compliance, as builders need to navigate local, state, and federal regulations about zoning, building codes, safety standards and environmental regulations is crucial. Cost management is also important, as hospitality projects require significant investments.   Meeting deadlines and finding […]

Jamie Keys – Big Cedar Lodge

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In 1987, Johnny Morris, who founded Bass Pro Shops, purchased a small parcel of lakeside property to create a “fish camp” getaway for his outfitters. Thirty-seven years later, that initial vision has evolved to become a luxury wilderness resort known as Big Cedar Lodge. The award-winning destination sits on 4,600 acres across the Missouri portion […]

Jim Alty – Choice Hotels Int.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Owners of Choice Hotels Int. brands along the Gulf Coast should expect to see a lot of Jim Alty—although he may never be staying in one of the new rooms. “I like to joke with owners that the day they see their first guest is when I vaporize,” says Alty, the company’s project manager, construction […]

David Krom – Woodhouse Spa

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Visual amenities have to be seen as part of the relaxing and rejuvenating experience one expects from Woodhouse Spa. So emphasizes its director of construction, David Krom, who’s quick to add how necessary it is to stay ahead of consumer preferences. Krom found that not quite the case when he joined the team in October […]

Wanda Easter – Desert De Oro Foods

Est. reading time: 4 mins

After more than 25 years managing the finances for the Hualapai (hoo·aa·luh·pai) Tribe of northwestern Arizona, Wanda Easter was looking for a challenge. She wanted to take on new tasks, maybe even see some new places. But Rhode Island in January? That’s no knock on the Ocean State, but it is a world away from […]

Russ Delisi – Limani Hospitality Group

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Whether it’s the friendly folks behind Limani Hospitality Group who’ve welcomed him as one of their own, or his four kids, including one who followed in his footsteps, Russ Delisi is all about family. In fact, while his skills have grown considerably over his three-plus decades in the architecture world, that doesn’t mean his 30-year-old […]

Edgar Choi – Resorts World New York City

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Over the past 27 years, Edgar Choi has helped guide construction of some of the most ambitious projects in the industry, including the $2 billion Palazzo at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas that was completed in 2008. But after living in Las Vegas for 15 years, Choi returned to the East Coast in 2015 […]

Roger Beck – IHG Hotels & Resorts

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Some people climb the ladder in their industry not by taking others down, but by becoming indispensable to everyone around them. Such was the case with Roger Beck, the global facility and real estate manager at IHG Hotels & Resorts, whose brands include InterContinental Hotels, Regent, Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza. As an example of […]

David Johns – Mount Airy Casino Resort

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The Las Vegas Strip has more than two dozen multi-billion-dollar properties on a four-mile stretch. These behemoths, which have thousands of rooms, are huge compared to smaller casinos on tribal lands or in rural places. They also have over-the-top amenities that are hard to match. But, according to David Johns, it’s not impossible. “We’re trying […]

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