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Mr. Heroian

Menze Heroian

Vice President, Tishman Hotels & Realty

Menze Heroian is the Vice President of Tishman Hotels & Realty, a company headquartered in New york and comprised of a diversified staff of experienced real estate, financial and hotel management specialists, and complemented by a technical staff of architects, engineers and construction management professionals. THR typically manages all components of its projects, from feasibility, design, budgeting, financing and development management to ongoing property and asset management. Mr. Heroian began his career with Westin Hotels in 1983 opening three consecutive hotels to include The Westin Copley Place, The Westin Maui and the Walt Disney World Swan, all in food and beverage operations before departing to Las Vegas taking on the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the legendary Caesars Palace. In 1998 he moved back to Orlando as the Director of Catering for the 1200 room Dolphin Hotel located in the heart of Walt Disney World. Starwood Hotels and Resorts acquired the Sheraton brand and Mr. Heroian became the Director of Catering for the Swan and Dolphin, two hotels with accumulated meeting space of over 350,000 sq. ft. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage responsible for the entire food and beverage operation which included Catering, Banquets and 17 outlets. In 2004 he joined the Tishman Hotel Group in his current posiiton. Mr. Heroian currently resides in Orlando, Florida

Mr. Heroian can be contacted at 212-399-3617 or mheroian@tishman.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.