Hotel Mavens Volume 3
Bob and Larry Tisch, Curt R. Strand, Ralph Hitz, Cesar Ritz, and Raymond Orteig
About the Book
My long-time preoccupation with hotel history reveals one continuous strand: the achievements of unique entrepreneurs who created singular hotels one at a time. These pioneers were not “hotel men” by subsequent definition. They did not attend hotel schools because there were none until 1924 with the creation of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Most of them did not grow up in the hotel business but became successful because of their varied on-the-job training experiences, unexpected opportunities and business acumen. Their tradition-breaking vision and single-minded ambition led them to create iconic hotels.
About the Author
Stanley Turkel is a recgnized authority and consultantant in the hotel industry. He operates his hotel consulting practice serving as an expert witness in hotel-related cases and providing asset management, Prior to forming his own hotel consulting firm, Turkel was the Product Line Manager of Hotel/Motel operations at the International Telephone & Telegraph Company overseeing the Sheraton Corporation of America.Before joining IT&T, he was the General Manager of the Summit Hotel (762 Rooms), General Manager of the Drake Hotel (680 Rooms) and Resident Manager of the Americana Hotel (1842 Rooms), all in New York City. Turkel is certified as a Master Hotel Supplier Emeritus by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Stanley Turkel is one of the most widely-published authors in the hospitality industry in the United States. In 2014 and 2015, he was designated as the Historian of the Year by Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.