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Mr. Van Amerongen

Mark Van Amerongen

Chief Operating Officer, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Mark Van Amerongen is the Chief Operating Officer for Prism Hotels & Resorts, where he brings more than 25 years of professional hospitality leadership experience to an award-winning full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company.

Mr. Van Amerongen began his career in hospitality with Hyatt Hotels and quickly progressed through several flagship full-service hotels. Shortly after, he joined Marriott International, where he held several executive committee and general manager positions for the full-service hotel division throughout the U.S. Mr. Van Amerongen moved from single property positions to multi-property assignments, including the Regional Director of Operations on the West Coast for Marriott and Renaissance full-service hotels, before heading to Las Vegas as Marriott's Area General Manager overseeing the Marriott Managed Hotels in that market.  Prior to joining Prism, Mr. Van Amerongen spent eight years as Executive Vice President with Western International in Dallas overseeing the growth of the management company from start-up to more than 45 hotels.

Calling on the skills and lessons learned during a career that has encompassed a variety of hospitality leadership positions across a broad swath of the industry, Mr. Van Amerongen brings unique insight and foresight to his role as Prism's Senior Vice President of Operations. The depth and diversity of his highly successful management experience is an asset for a firm that has made a name for itself applying elements of the receivership skill set to a more traditional third-party management role. For Mr. Van Amerongen, and for Prism, that depth of hands-on operational experience is a fundamental piece of the professional puzzle. As a member of Prism's executive committee, his ability to help identify and execute quality opportunities is invaluable.

Mr. Van Amerongen earned his degree in hotel and restaurant management from the State University of New York, and received his CHA designation in 1990. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Mr. Van Amerongen currently lives in McKinney, Texas, with his wife Tina and their two children.

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

Mr. Van Amerongen can be contacted at +1 214-987-9300 or mark.vanamerongen@prismhotels.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.