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Ms. Staab

Talene Staab

Vice President & Global Head, Tru By Hilton, Hilton

As Vice President & Global Head, Tru by Hilton, Talene Lanuza Staab serves as the chief strategist and champion for Tru by Hilton - the fastest hotel brand to launch in industry history. In her role, she is responsible for driving Tru by Hilton's product and service positioning, distribution strategies, and owner relations.

Across her more than 25 years of experience with Hilton, Ms. Staab has worked across various teams and brands, creating a unique blend of hospitality experience spanning owner relations, sales, brand performance support and brand development. Through those roles, she has developed a robust and powerful understanding of the industry and an excellent reputation within the owner community.

Prior to her role with Tru by Hilton, Ms. Staab served as Vice President, Owner Experience & Engagement, overseeing the team responsible for advancing overall owner value and satisfaction, building a best-in-class experience for Hilton's owner community.

Ms. Staab also served as Senior Director, Brand Performance & Support, Canopy by Hilton, where she focused on the brand's development and was instrumental in advancing its service and hospitality culture. She started her career at Hilton as the group sales manager for Embassy Suites San Diego - La Jolla before becoming the director of sales for the hotel. She credits her passion for hospitality to her parents' restaurant in Boston, where everyone became a "regular" and home cooking was the specialty.

Ms. Staab holds a bachelor's degree in Hotel & Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Please visit http://www.hilton.com/en/tru/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/talene-staab-1929407/

Ms. Staab can be contacted at +1 703-883-1000 or talene.staab@hilton.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.