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Mr. Scott

Lester Scott

Managing Director, Carillon Miami Beach

International hotelier Lester Scott refuses to settle for anything less than extraordinary. Which is perfect, because that's exactly what Carillon Miami Beach needs - a leader who can extract every ounce of potential from an untapped North Beach property and create an unexpectedly exceptional product that rivals any on Miami Beach. Before arriving in Miami, a place that he says truly feels like home to him, Mr. Scott spent the last 10 years with Capella Hotel Group, the luxury hotel management group founded by Mr. Scott's mentor and dear friend, Mr. Hortz Schulze (the former President and CEO of Ritz-Carlton). Most recently, he oversaw $1 billion in hotel assets across five properties in China, while simultaneously assisting in the opening and development of new projects. Now, as Managing Director of the 110 all-suite Carillon Miami Beach hotel and its 580 residences, Mr. Scott has taken the reigns to rebrand and reignite the fire underneath an iconic landmark that has populated Miami's sands since 1958. He's ready to re-define the meaning of “luxury,” a word that to him, has become ubiquitous with false exaggerations or sterile atmospheres. “Luxury,” he says, “should be intuitive, personalized and whatever the customer wants it to be. Anything else is not true luxury.” Mr. Scott says that he was always destined for the hospitality business. Even as an inner-city kid from Missouri starting out in the housekeeping department at the Hyatt Regency, Kansas City, MO, he knew that this was his calling. Now, with a championed belt of Five-Star, Four-Diamond, top-rated properties on his resume, there's no sign of slowing him down. Maybe only to catch a game of golf or to watch The Royals or Chiefs play. Otherwise, it's full speed ahead as he carefully crafts his poised, emotion-evoking Carillon brand that, in due time, he'll be replicating globally. Never a dull moment for Lester Scott.

Please visit http://www.carillon.com for more information.

Mr. Scott can be contacted at 866-800-3858 or lester.scott@carillon.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.