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Mr. Raine

Michael Raine

Business Development/Project Executive, HITT

"With over 30 years of experience within the construction industry, Michael Raine serves HITT Contracting's Hospitality division whose broad range of experience ranging from historic renovations to ground up, new construction hotels for some of the world's most exclusive brands produces revenues in excess of $100 million per year.

Mr. Raine began his career in his family's plumbing business, cleaning copper fittings in the office basement at the age of 10 and eventually earning his Master Plumber / Gas-Fitters licenses in five local Washington, DC jurisdictions. As a project manager and business development executive he has a true passion for the construction industry and has built a reputation as a true client advocate. Detailed planning, enhanced communication, and understanding client objectives ensures a proactive approach to business development and project management where any goal is within reach.

Specializing in hospitality and commercial construction including PIP's, renovations, re-purposing and base building, Mr. Raine's list of clients range from limited and full service to luxury and resort hospitality clients for both corporations and owner / operators. He builds, maintains, and enhances client relationships. His passion for the client has prompted him to teach client relationship management courses over his career. His mantra for maintaining client relationships falls under three simple rules: keep your promises, return every phone call, and take every phone call.

As Project Executive within HITT's Hospitality division, Mr. Raine is tasked with expanding the client base, building and enhancing existing client relationships and overseeing a dynamic project management team. He facilitates client relationships and is responsible for contract review, negotiation, and administration. He is dedicated to ensuring project success through ownership of the schedule, project team management, and subcontractor management."

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelraine/

Mr. Raine can be contacted at +1 703-289-9247 or miraine@hitt-gc.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.