Hospitality Design - May 2016 - (Page 168)

perspectives interview brad wilson By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen 1 KEEPING IT REAL Growing Ace Hotel Group's handcrafted vision one collaboration at a time One can probably count on a single hand the industry game changers of the last decade. One of those moments was the opening of the Ace Hotel New York in 2009, in which its community-driven, locally inspired, always-buzzing lobby forever changed the way people think about hotel public spaces, becoming a benchmark for all others almost overnight. As president of the Ace Hotel Group for the last five years, hotel ace Brad Wilson has been in charge of expanding the Seattle-born, Portland, Oregon- and New York-based company (the brainchild of the late Alex Calderwood) to the likes of London and LA-helping to revitalize neighborhoods in those cities much like the property did New York-and most recently, Pittsburgh and New Orleans, for a total of nine properties. With a proven track record of launching lifestyle brands successfully-he was on the founding team of W Hotels and helped build James Hotels from the ground up (staying on 168 May 2016 hospitalitydesign.com with Denihan Hospitality Group when it took over)-Wilson explains how the Ace effect is part instinct, part care, and a collaborative effort among friends. What's your first memory of hospitality? My mother was a baker and a chef-she ran a catering firm and later a chain of bakeries-so I grew up in the kitchen with a knife in my hand and always thought I wanted to run my own restaurant. A lot of what my mom did was about events-I loved the idea of how to entertain. It's interesting because at Ace a lot of what we do is event-driven: how you make an environment- from design to operations-an interesting place to be in. After attending the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, you worked at a long list of hotel companies-Park Hyatt, Hilton, Westin. What did you learn from them? From very early on I wanted to go to Cornell, and it exposed me to the hotel side as well as the restaurant-kitchen side, so I broadened my expectations. I worked for pretty traditional hotel companies, and I was a little impatient for http://www.hospitalitydesign.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2016

Hospitality Design - May 2016
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
People: HD Summit
People: CitySCENE Atlanta
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Business Sense: Mergers
Sustainable Studio: Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Inspiration: Zaha Hadid Superyachts
Trends: Airport Lounges
Trends: Extended Stays
Places: Austin
Places: London
Interview: Brad Wilson
Interview: Chip Conley
Interview: Alan Faena
Interview: Neil Jacobs
Interview: Pacifica Hotels
5 Questions for Dan Flannery
Products
Profile: Thom Filicia
Trends Custom Art
ICFF Preview
Wallcoverings
Textiles
Surfaces
Bath
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Conference Highlights
Show Highlights
Products
Places: Las Vegas
Special Feature: Los Angeles
Projects
The Camby Hotel + Axiom Hotel
Seamarq Hotel
The Charmant Hotel
Soho Farmhouse
Generator Amsterdam
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Rivertown Lodge
Casa Bonay
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
Les Bains
Vandal
Talde Miami Beach
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2016

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/fall2019
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/womeninbusiness_2019
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20190304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/womeninbusiness_2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20170304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20160304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20160102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/expo2015_showguide
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20150304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20150102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20140506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/expo2014_showguide
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20140304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/hd/20140102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20130304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20130102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20120506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20120102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20110506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20110102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20101112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20100506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_201001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_20090506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/hd_200904
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com