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Mr. Pulito

Chris Pulito

Chief Operating Officer, Mirbeau Hospitality Services

Chris Pulito is Chief Operating Officer of Mirbeau Hospitality Services, a specialized hospitality management company that provides management and consulting services for high service hotels, resorts and spas. The company draws upon its 10 years of success with Mirbeau Inn & Spa, the acclaimed spa resort that is consistently rated among the world's best for its hotel, spa and dining experience. It is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the idyllic town of Skaneateles. Mr. Pulito has more than 16 years of luxury hospitality and spa management experience including the Mirbeau Inn & Spa where he previously served as Spa Director and currently serves the dual role of General Manager. Prior to joining Mirbeau, Mr. Pulito was with Four Seasons Hotel New York where he served as Spa Director. He was previously Spa Director at Stoweflake Resort and Spa, joining the Vermont resort in 2002 to open its 50,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, and held the same position earlier at Rockresorts' Avanyu Spa at La Posada in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Pulito launched his career at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Over five years, he served in a variety of roles, including fitness, club and spa director. A graduate of Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont, Pulito received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. He is a member of the New York Spa Alliance and the International Spa Association, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Alliance, a newly formed organization whose stated goal is to bridge the gap between Hotels, Spas and Fitness. Mr. Pulito is a founder of Mirbeau Hospitality Services which offers an array of options for effective management, marketing and operations of special hospitality properties and spas. These include focusing on enhanced business performance, organizational culture, informational systems, personnel development, marketing, training, financial reporting property maintenance, operational performance and asset management. The company also offers design and development services and consultation for every phase of development for new properties, from market analysis and feasibility to concept design and hotel, spa and food and beverage programming. Mirbeau Hospitality Services currently manages the Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Finger Lakes Lodge and is assisting in the design and development of four new resort properties located in Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland and Michigan.

Mr. Pulito can be contacted at cpulito@mirbeau.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.