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Summary

An outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys an active lifestyle:

  • Downhill skiing
  • Skate Skiing
  • U.S.T.A. certified tennis instructor.
  • Sailing: Bareboat certified for coastal navigation .

Work experience

Aug 2010Oct 2018

Property Manager

Fischer Properties, Sun Valley

Worked as a property manager at the Sun Valley office:

  • Managed the Fisher Properties real estate office in Sun Valley.
  • Managed an estate "The Ark" as well as a guest House.
  • Maintained a fleet of automobiles.
  • Coordinated the IT infrastructure of the company.

Left when owner retired from the business and sold his business entities.

Jun 2009July 2010

General Manager

Aston Hotels & Resorts

Managed properties for their owners:

  • Managed various HOA (Home Owners Association).
  • Sales & Marketing of short term and long term rentals.
  • Annual maintenance and repairs of rental properties.
  • Committee Member of the Sun Valley Food & Wine Festival.

Left to work for a single owner in Sun Valley.

Oct 2006May 2009

General Manager

Knob Hill Inn

Luxury hotel in Sun Valley, member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Organization comprised of 26 rooms and suites, a 50 seat restaurant, a 35 seat café and meeting space.

Main achievements included:

  • Selection and implementation of a new integrated property management, point of sale and accounting system.
  • Creation and opening of a new fine dining restaurant, selection of new china, flatware, glassware and linen.  Purchased the FF&E directly from the manufacturer's representative resulting in great cost savings.
  • Compiled an award winning wine list (Award of excellence Wine Spectator 08).
  • Designed a new website with online booking.
  • Actively represented the Hotel within the local community and the chamber of commerce, greatly enhancing the reputation and the visibility of the Inn.

Left for economic reasons, the owners who live on property, had to cut costs and eliminated the position of General Manager. I delegated some of my duties to various staff members and trained them before leaving.

Nov 2004Sep 2006

Estate Manager

Five S Properties

Managed an estate, comprised of a Mansion in Los Angeles (45,000 sq. ft. of living space, on 5 acres), a Ranch in Simi Valley (17,000 sq. ft. main residence, on 123 acres) and a Beach house in Malibu with a combined permanent staff of 30 employees.

Duties involved:

  • Organization of staffing of the several properties as dictated by the needs of the principal.  Also coordinated travel arrangements that included a private jet, two helicopters and luxurious automobiles. 
  • Implemented job descriptions and training for each position.  Reorganized and combined the security & driver's office to improve performance and communication.
  • Insured flawless execution of various high profile events, including birthday bash, political fund raising events and equestrian competitions. 
  • Supervised remodeling and repairs on the three properties.  Kept the principal informed of the status of the punch list and the various works in progress.  Responsible for safekeeping and repairs of priceless antiques and furnishings in the largest private estate in Los Angeles. 
  • Managed a luxury fleet of automobile, including maintenance and repairs, kept logs and files, as well as all paperwork and legal documents.
  • Purchased wine for a priceless 5000 bottle wine cellar that included most of the best known wines of France and the US.

 Left because the family estate was dissolved

Dec 2003Oct 2004

General Manager

Elk Mountain Resort

Luxury Resort located in the national forest.  Hotel affiliated with "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" comprised of 21 lodge rooms and 18 cottages, a restaurant, a cigar lounge and three meeting facilities. 

  • Involved in the development, construction and opening phase of a $35M resort.

 Left when the management contract of the management company who hired me ended.  The resort was subsequently converted into private residences.

Jan 2002Dec 2003

Managing Director

Monmouth Plantation

Historical Antebellum Mansion in Natchez Mississippi. Hotel affiliated with "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" and "Historic Hotels of America", comprised of 30 individually decorated rooms and suites, a restaurant, and meeting facilities.

My accomplishments included:

  • Introduced new policies and procedures in the sales and catering department greatly enhancing revenue.
  • Received "Gold List" award from Conde Nast Traveler, and "Best Hotels in the world" by Travel & Leisure. 
  • Implemented training and incentive programs for the front desk and housekeeping to improve service quality and guest satisfaction.
  • Developed a new accounting system and procedure to generate meaningful reports and control costs.         

Left because my goals were accomplished and I was attracted by the opportunity to participate in the opening of a resort. 

May 1994Jul 2001

Managing Director

Hotel Maison de Ville

Quintessential New Orleans Hotel affiliated to "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" and "Historic Hotels of America".  Comprised of 27 individually decorated rooms and suites, including the Bistro at Maison de Ville, a Four Star Restaurant.

 Accomplishments included:

  • Raised the ADR from under $150 to over $300, and the occupancy from below 60% to over 70%.
  • Supervised a $1M Hotel renovation.               
  • Received "Gold List" award from Conde Nast Traveler, and "Top five Best Small Hotel in the world" by Travel & Leisure.
  • Prepared monthly forecast, annual budget and marketing plan, as well as the five years capital expenditure plan.  Presented Quarterly financial results to senior corporate executives, including explanation of actual versus budget variances.
  • The hotel achieved high scores in guest comment surveys tabulated by an external organization after revamping staff training. 

Left because the company changed ownership and the new owners opted for a low cost strategy.

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Languages

English: Fluent

French: Native Language

Spanish: Good knowledge

Computer savvy

Experienced User of computers and various software.   Professional Software: Property Management Systems (Opera, Execu-Tech) Point of Sales Systems (Micros) Accounting (Sun Systems, QuickBooks, Quicken) Personal Computer MS Office Photo and Video software Familiar with HTML language

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