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Ms. Simeone

Lisa Simeone

Owner, Simeone Deary Design Group

Lisa Simeone founded Simeone Deary Design Group with Gina Deary in 2002, stepping outside traditional bounds to build an interior design firm that prioritizes the creative process and inspired collaboration with clients. With more than 30 years of experience positioning lifestyle and hospitality brands in the global marketplace, Simeone is renowned worldwide for delivering high-end luxury and forward-thinking authenticity through experiential design.

As an industry leader, Ms. Simeone is sought out to direct the design trajectory of highly-visible and well-known brands such as Aparium Hotel Group, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Oxford Capital Group, Universal Studios and White Lodging among others. Ms. Simeone has led the conceptualization and design direction of luxury hotels, landmark and adaptive reuse projects as well as new builds. Her expansive portfolio includes not only brands, but boutique and celebrity projects in North America, Europe and Asia.

Since the year of its founding, Simeone Deary's excellence has been praised and recognized for their interior design work as well as their branding expertise, receiving the prestigious Communication Arts Award, Hospitality Design Awards, the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design and the Contract Interiors Awards. Central to this success is Ms. Simeone's commitment to a collaborative company culture and a passion for developing her staff of more than 50 interior designers.

Simeone Deary Design Group, established in 2002 by Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary, is an award-winning interior design firm with a distinct artistic perspective to create provocative spaces evoking imagination and conversation. From conceptual design and interior architecture through graphics and branding, Simeone Deary's involvement in a project goes well beyond design. 

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

Ms. Simeone can be contacted at 312-274-0606 or lisa.simeone@simeonedeary.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.