Chris has been involved with eSuites Hotels through HVS Technology Strategies for several years and his assistance with the brand development has been extremely valuable
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Tampa, Fla. (PRWEB) September 14, 2007
Officials of eSuites Hotels™, an upscale boutique hotel brand, today announced that Chris Hartmann has joined the company as Vice President, Chief Marketing and Chief Technology officer. In the position, he will oversee the branding and marketing for the company as well as property and corporate technology planning, implementation, and support.
“Chris has been involved with eSuites Hotels through HVS Technology Strategies for several years and his assistance with the brand development has been extremely valuable,” said Sam Winterbottom, president & CEO of eSuites Hotels. “His 18 years at Grey Advertising combined with his 7 years assisting hoteliers understand and effectively deploy technology uniquely position him for this dual role at eSuites Hotels. Chris’ position addresses the key part that technology plays in our marketing, facilities, amenities and services.”
Most recently, Mr. Hartmann was the founder and managing director of HVS Technology Strategies, a unit of HVS International. HVS International is the world's leading full-service consulting and appraisal firm devoted exclusively to the lodging industry. HVS Technology Strategies consulted to hoteliers and hospitality companies in planning, selecting and contracting for technology-based products and services. The company also assisted technology providers with innovative technology in delivering and marketing their solutions to their hospitality organization customers.
Prior to founding the unit in 2000, Chris was senior vice president and chief technology officer at Grey Advertising, a worldwide advertising agency based in Manhattan. At Grey his responsibilities ranged from creating and overseeing Grey’s entire internal IT department for the NY headquarters and NY operating companies, to providing technology consulting to Grey’s U.S. and worldwide offices. Chris holds a degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Harvard University.
“Joining eSuites is a fantastic opportunity to bring a fresh approach to both marketing and technology in an industry which focuses on the real estate and personal interaction aspects of the business” Hartmann said. “While many existing hotels do an excellent job addressing the non-technology side of lodging, eSuites Hotels is positioned to embrace technology from the guest side- amenities, services and communications- as well as the internal operations side. We plan to address the increasingly online and connected needs of the current generation of business travelers while ensuring that guests who prefer a traditional hotel environment feel equally at home in an eSuites Hotel room. Importantly, the entire eSuites Hotels management team recognizes that while technology is a critical success factor in today’s lodging environment, our enhanced F&B, fitness, room configuration, facilities design and business services are also key to being a successful new brand.”
eSuites Hotels recently announced plans to break ground on its first four hotels, in Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla., Morrisville, N.C.- near the Raleigh-Durham airport, and Phoenix, Ariz. The company already is negotiating for additional sites for a second development round with a goal of building up to150 hotels throughout the United States in major metropolitan markets and airport locations.
eSuites Hotels will develop upscale, boutique hotels with an average daily room rate between $140 and $160. Amenities will include oversized double-bay guest suites, upscale dining in a casual, three-meal restaurant featuring organic selections; a full bar that will offer an eclectic selection of wines and an expansive specialty beer menu, including local micro-brewery products. The lobby and each floor will feature meeting rooms with equipment and capabilities found in full conference centers. For guests who are tired of a small “fitness room” with a few pieces of outdated equipment, the eSuites Hotels will each offer a spacious, free-standing, glass-fronted fitness center equipped with the latest high-end equipment, and personalized training programs. In order to ensure both business and leisure guests are productive, a “tech concierge” will be available to help guests with their equipment and service questions and all guestrooms and common areas will feature free enhanced high-speed wireless and wired connectivity, with options to meet the needs of even the most demanding meeting planner or technology savvy guest.
eSuites Hotels recently announced plans to break ground on its first four hotels, in Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla., Raleigh-Durham, N.C. and Phoenix, Ariz. The company already is negotiating for additional sites for a second development round with a goal of building up to 150 hotels throughout the United States in major metropolitan markets and airport locations.
Based in Tampa, Fla., eSuites Hotels is on a mission to re-invent the hotel experience with a new and stimulating combination of technology, décor, dining, and guest service. Additional information about eSuites Hotels may be found at http://www.esuiteshotels.com.