Great American Hoteliers Volume 2: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry
About the Book
This book is a sequel to my first hotel book, “Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry” AuthorHouse 2009. It tells the fascinating and unpredictable stories of seventeen hotel pioneers who were (and are) important in the development of the hotel industry in the United States. Many of them are relatively unknown and lost in the dustbin of American history. Their biographies comprise this sequel called “Great American Hoteliers Volume 2: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry”: • Stewart William Bainum (1920-2014) • Curtis Leroy Carlson (1914-1999) • Cecil Burke Day (1934-1978) • Louis Jacob Dinkler (1864-1928) • Eugene Chase Eppley (1884-1958) • Roy C. Kelley (1905-1997) • Arnold S. Kirkeby (1901-1962) • Julius Manger (1868-1937) • Robert R. Meyer (1882-1947) • Albert Pick, Jr. (1895-1977) • Jay Pritzker (1922-1999) • Harris Rosen (1939) • Ian Schrager (1946) • Vernon B. Stouffer (1901-1974) • William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915) • Robert E. Woolley (1935) • Stephen Allen Wynn (1942) As you will note, four of these great American hoteliers are alive and productive as I write this sequel: Harris Rosen, Ian Schrager, Robert Woolley and Steve Wynn.
About the Author
Stanley Turkel was designated as the 2014 and 2015 Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This award is presented to an individual for making a unique contribution in the research and presentation of history and whose work has encouraged a wide discussion, greater understanding and enthusiasm for American History. Turkel is a well-known consultant in the hotel industry. He operates his hotel consulting practice serving as an expert witness in hotel-related cases and providing asset management and hotel franchising consultation. Prior to forming his hotel consulting firm, Turkel was the Product Line Manager for worldwide Hotel/Motel Operations at the International Telephone & Telegraph Co. overseeing the Sheraton Corporation of America. Before joining IT&T, he was the Resident Manager of the Americana Hotel (1842 Rooms), General Manager of the Drake Hotel (680 Rooms) and General Manager of the Summit Hotel (762 Rooms), all in New York City. He is certified as a Master Hotel Supplier Emeritus by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He served for eleven years as Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of the City Club of New York and is now the Honorary Chairman. Stanley Turkel is one of the most widely-published authors in the hospitality field. More than 275 articles on various hotel subjects have been posted in hotel magazines and on the Hotel-Online, BlueMauMau, HotelNewsResource and eTurboNews websites. Two of his hotel books have been promoted, distributed and sold by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (“Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry” and “Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi”). The New York Times called “Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels in New York” ‘passionate and informative’. On May 3, 2015, Sam Roberts, Urban Affairs Correspondent of the New York Times wrote: “Nostalgia for City’s caravansaries will be kindled by Stanley Turkel’s “Hotel Mavens: Lucius M. Boomer, George C. Boldt and Oscar of the Waldorf” (AuthorHouse). The fact-filled book by Mr. Turkel, an industry consultant, explains, among other things, the history of the hyphen (recently excised) in the name of the Waldorf Astoria, which inspired a mid-block street and even a song.”