Christopher Cowdray is a name not many people outside the hospitality industry may be aware of, but this Zimbabwe born and educated hotelier is now presiding over some of the most luxurious and well respected hotels in the world. As the CEO of The Dorchester Collection, Cowdray has made it his job to make sure the expanding chain of nine hotels offers luxury on a scale unrivaled amongst their competitors. The former hotel manager has overseen the purchase and updating of a number of luxury hotels with a rich history that have made The Dorchester Collection one of the top hotel chains in the World.
Christopher Cowdray took over as head of The Dorchester Collection in 2007 after spending three years as the manager of The Dorchester Hotel in London. The chain had only just been merged into a brand and had no overall identity to link these original five historic hotels or to allow clients to see them as part of an overall luxurious brand. The problem Cowdray faced and continues to face is the need to add more hotels to The Dorchester Collection, but maintain the luxury and opulence of the brand by making sure the latest additions are made in the right cities and areas of the World.
Since taking over as CEO, Cowdray has overseen an expansion in eight years of four hotels, which is a much slower rate than many of the luxury hotel rivals within the hospitality industry. The Dorchester Collection added the historic Hotel Bel Air to its chain in 2009 and closed the location for a complete overhaul for over two years. Cowdray has gone on record as saying The Dorchester Collection will never reach the high location levels of their rivals, with a target of 15 hotels the current plan in coming years. The CEO states the customer base he is working with expects The Dorchester Collection to remain in key cities around the World, not simply add a hotel to their brand because one does not exist in a city or area. By the middle of the next decade, Cowdray claims the company will have achieved all of its aims if The Dorchester Collection consists of a small group of around 20 hotels.
When someone has a baby, most companies will let that person take some time off to nurse the baby and heal from the delivery. President Obama wants federal companies to giver their workers at least six weeks of paid vacation after an adoption or the birth of a baby. This vacation time would be paid. Obama also wants other companies in the rest of the country to take those some regulations so that their employees will be able to enjoy the time spent with a new child without the worry of reporting back to work in only a few weeks. Dr. Jennifer Walden is one of the many companies/offices in agreement with this plan. This is a common sense plan that should already be in place. Just because a woman has a baby doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t want to return to work. If she weren’t planning on going back to the job, then she would probably let the company know before the baby arrives. A paid vacation for a new addition to the family is an idea that would make the lives of families easier because there would still be an income while the mother isn’t at work.
Just got back from Hawaii vacation and had a blast! I met this awesome guy who was there on business and staying at the same resort. I could tell he was really busy but he still somehow found the time to chat with me during the evenings about life, careers, planning, and that kind of stuff. Now I’ve returned home with a great tan, AND a plan thanks to Sam Tabar.
While many people dream of a great career where they are noted for their outstanding abilities, few actually achieve this. However, Sam Tabar is not one of those people. An accomplished attorney and financial strategist, Sam has seen his career grow with each and every new opportunity he accepts. Never one to back down from a challenge, Sam has used his natural talent along with the skills learned at Oxford University and Columbia Law School to bring about remarkable results wherever he has been. An expert in investor relations, Sam has taken his interest in hedge fund structure and formation and developed strategic marketing plans that have produced remarkable results.
While very accomplished as an attorney, Sam has had an even more fascinating career as a financial strategist. His brilliant financial strategies and investment tips have received vast acclaim most recently from CNBC, who posted an article on Sam Tabar’s 2015 investment forecasts. Beginning in 2004, Sam accepted a position with PMA Investment Advisors and started concentrating full-time on hedge fund management. While at PMA, it was not long before Sam found himself promoted to Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development. In this position, he was in charge of all areas of global marketing for a hedge fund worth more than $2 billion. Using his incredible interpersonal communication skills, Sam set out to attract as many investors as possible to the hedge fund. Spending his time meeting with individual investors, institutional investors and other potential investors whose high net-worth made them viable candidates for investing in the fund, Sam eventually built up a file of more than 2,000 potential investors and more than 400 additional individuals whom he deemed as strong possibilities to become investors.
In all of Sam’s positions, the common denominator has been his willingness to accept challenges. I think this was what inspired me the most and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have met him. And on vacation! An accomplished world traveler, Sam has used his travels and experiences with meeting people of various cultures and backgrounds to help him with his business dealings. Along with his native English, Sam is fluent in French and also speaks Japanese. Having a knowledge of native languages and cultures has allowed Sam to gain insight into what will or will not work when it comes to developing key marketing strategies in many parts of the world, which has been a big factor in his success and, maybe someday I’ll be able to tell the same story.
Whether providing legal counsel to clients or offering sound advice on the latest hedge fund, Sam Tabar has proven that success follows him every step of the way. His journey has indeed been fascinating, and promises to be a career for the ages.
NFL and MLS Fans in St. Louis have a hope of a new stadium in the coming years thanks mostly to city, county and state leaders as they have drawn up the plans to build a new outdoor stadium for hosting sporting events was announced. City leaders have pointed out in their press conference that they have the 20th largest market in the US and are a prime area for the NFL.
Most recently new stadiums have been opened in San Francisco, New York, Minnesota, and of course the largest of all AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play their home games. In all, there have been 20 new venues built and opened since the Edward Jones Dome was opened in 1995. Many of these new facilities include restaurants, cafes and other high end eateries. Bernardo Chua of aboutorganiccoffee.com showed us some of these destinations within stadiums.
At first the Rams enjoyed a substantial home field advantage and support from their fans. Stadium attendance was sold out on an annual basis for the first nine years when the team was winning and was considered one of the louder stadiums that made it difficult for visiting teams to play. However, as the team has failed to produce a winning season for the past 11 years, and with talk of relocating the team back to Los Angeles, fans have strayed away from the Rams.
Savvy market analysis and years of experience helped Andrew Heiberger find opportunities after the real estate bubble popped in 2008. Heiberger had been in the New York real estate industry since 1994 when he founded the residential Manhattan brokerage Citi Habitats.
The changes in the real estate market that accompanied the economic turmoil in 2008 required Heiberger to adapt and forge ahead for a successful future. His study of the Manhattan market revealed that two distinct segments would remain active with potential profits going forward. They were the the high-end luxury real estate market and budget-conscious housing.
Choosing to expand into the luxury market, he crafted a new business plan and founded TOWN Residential in 2010. This full service brokerage focuses on neighborhoods, open and collaborative relationships with other brokerages, innovative mobile marketing, and relocation and corporate services.
Because Manhattan remains a globally in-demand location for wealthy individuals seeking living space, his TOWN Residential business has expanded rapidly. Nine office locations throughout Manhattan support representatives as they market luxury apartments and condominiums in popular neighborhoods.
Information technology has proven to be a crucial part of TOWN Residential’s growth. Listings are supported with photographs and mobile-friendly online presentations that help both agents and buyers browse properties at their finger tips.
Heiberger expects that Manhattan luxury real estate market to remain strong for many years. Its cultural opportunities and enticing neighborhoods will continue to deliver high value, especially because the island has very limited ways to expand housing.
Years of experience and a focus on customer satisfaction have allowed Heiberger to build upon his education. He originally earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan and then obtained a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.