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Specialties

Able to adapt to different working environments and communicate effectively with project owners, board of directors, colleagues and clients alike, while maintaining a high profile in the business community and hospitality industry.

Engaging, outgoing individual who will serve as the public face of your organization. My commitment to take "100% ownership" of the responsibilities and tasks assigned to completion is one of my greatest strengths as a manager.

Summary Profile

International hospitality professional, with over fifteen years of experience in exclusive properties in Europe, Middle East and China.                                                 

Creative Sales, Marketing & Business Development Professional

Extensive public & media relations, private club membership sales and a broad-based hospitality industry knowledge enables me to be a valuable team player for any public or private entity who can best utilize my personal, organizational, professional and people-oriented skills.

Entrepreneurial, strategic thinker and planner skilled at utilizing global personal and professional networks and forging partnerships with luxury-goods companies, services and upscale retailers to create unique and successful events marketing and membership sales opportunities.

References

Helmut Knipp

“To whom it may concern; I have known Domenico for a number of years and when he worked for our company at Guangzhou Luhu Golf & Country club he did an excellent job. I would personally recommend and or hire Domenico for the right position. Helmut Knipp”

Adile Cretallaz-Speich

“Domenico is an extremely professional and detail oriented person who brings his personal flavor at any business situation. His great sense of humor and personality has played a major role in building and developing strong and functional teams. Throughout our cooperation I have benefited from Domenico's creativity and persuasion skills. With no doubt recommend Domenico to all future employers and clients.”

Victoria Moy

“Domenico was a pleasure to work with when the Shanghai Racquet Club provided promotional and fundraising opportunities for the international charity I managed in China. While he was very professional and experienced as a club manager, he was also very thoughtful and personable. Domenico is someone you will want on your team!"

Roel Bruysters

“Nobody can be better. There is no need to say more. Best hire available..... ROEL”

Werner Jayson

“Once in a while you get lucky and you get to work with talented people in our Industry like Domenico Palumbo, who have a way of making their superiors look good, have a passion for what they do and know how to succeed where others fail. Always a pleasure, Sincerely, Werner Jayson”

Jeff Ruffolo

“I am honored to have been asked to write this recommendation to Domenico. I have had many occasions to work with Domenico in his role at the Asia Pacific Club in Guangzhou, China and have found his work to be exemplary. His attention to detail is exceptional and I've found him to be a meticulous manager who exceeds expectations. I have no reservations in recommending Domenico for any senior management position that he may be under consideration.”

Peter Crowhurst

“Domenico is a great people person, well organised, good team player and can always be relied on to deliver the goods - on time."

Theo Th.H. Schuurhuis

“I have had the privelege and pleasure to work alongside Domenico during my tenure of employment at the Old Chengdu Club in Chengdu, where we both were involved in the pre-opening of this prestige and exclusive city Club. Domenico showed excellent skills during the time we worked together, and is very versed in all aspects of the hospitality industry. He is an outgoing and “fun” person to be around with and is great in public relations. He is very serious about his standards and goals and objectives, and strives to reach them in a matter of no time. I share special memories about him during the time we went through the Sichuan earthquake, which only made me appreciate Domenico even more. It feels good to know him”

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Groups & Associations

AIHAssociate of the Institute of HospitalityCMAHKMember of the Club Managers' Association of Hong Kong, Macau & ChinaGHCMember of the Global Hoteliers Club

Work experience

Sep 2008Present

General Manager | Director of Development

Asia-Pacific International Club | Kingold Hospitality

The Kingold Group is a leader throughout China and Asia in the development, marketing and management of distinguished hospitality projects, clubs and resorts. Owned by Kingold, Asia-Pacific International Club provides a sophisticated venue where senior executives, business leaders and their guests can meet, dine and relax in privacy and comfort. Completed the soft opening stage of Asia-Pacific International Club and optimized overall operations system by improving existing policies, procedures and training modules for each department. Initiated and supported promotional events and activities which helped to put the Club 'on the map' while boosting membership growth through elite circles in South China. Established an international network of reciprocal clubs and created concept for the monthly members' newsletter.

Apr 2007Aug 2008

General Manager

Old Chengdu Club & Suites

Owned by China Real Estate Development Company Ltd (CRED), which is the largest real estate developer in China, Old Chengdu Club showcases the finest business entertainment facilities while offering Chinese, Japanese, Western and Korean cuisine in its many restaurants and lounges. In addition, the Club also offers 22 guestrooms and suites as well as a complete spa and wellness centre featuring 8 treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a well equipped gymnasium, an aerobics studio. Responsible for all the planning for pre-opening and positioning of the first private Members' business City Club in South-West China ensuring construction and decoration are in accordance with the 5-star deluxe hotel standards set by the National Tourism Bureau of China. 

Mar 2004Mar 2007

Club Manager

Shanghai Racquet Club & Apartments

As the flagship ING Real Estate asset in China, Shanghai Racquet Club & Apartments - SRCA - is a unique development, featuring over 400 luxury apartments while providing a diverse range of recreational facilities through the Racquet Club, where over 2500 Members enjoy year around tennis and other racquet sports, swimming, fitness and a full menu of services and activities. Active member of the SRCA Executive Committee reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and in charge of membership sales and marketing, customer service, food and beverage, events calendar and overall club operations.Key Achievement   Doubled overall club membership programs, from about 450 memberships in March 2004 to well over 900 memberships by early 2007 

Dec 2001Feb 2004

Business Development Manager

Guangzhou Luhu Golf & Country Club

Formerly managed by CCA International Ltd., Guangzhou Luhu Golf & Country Club is ranking among the top achievers both in regards to reputation, performance and financial standing in the Luxury Club Category in China featuring over 3000 members, the most successful Chinese business influencers and executives. Responsible for overall membership sales sponsoring members' relations and interaction to obtain new business and played an active role in executing a number of exclusive events and activities. Key AchievementInstrumental in the organization of the inaugural 'Terry Fox Run' for cancer research held at Luhu with over 3000 participants 

Education

19961996

Post-Diploma Course

Istituto Tecnico per il Turismo "Flavio Gioia"
19901995

Hospitality

Istituto Tecnico per il Turismo "Flavio Gioia"

Languages 

Italian - Mother Tongue

English - Spoken and written fluently

Chinese- Conversational (Mandarin)German - ConversationalFrench - Basic