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Originally appeared in Yahoo! Finance in December, 2016
DENVER, CO– Stonebridge Companies is pleased to announce that its Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel was honored by Marriott with the 2016 Opening of the Year award, which recognizes full-service Marriott franchises for momentous and well-executed openings nationwide.
This is the fifth consecutive year Marriott has bestowed this award and out of the many hotels which opened in 2016, the Renaissance New York Midtown won due to their organization, timely opening strategy, and communication with the entire conversion team.
“Opening of the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel has been one of our companies’ proudest moments to date,” said Navin C. Dimond, founder and CEO of Stonebridge Companies. “Our team worked tirelessly to ensure that the opening was a success under our unique brand of Distinguished Hospitality™.”
“This flagship hotel is in a position to capture the eyes of hundreds of thousands of New York commuters,” said Anne Marie Wemmlinger, Vice President, Full Service Franchising – Operations, Marriott International. “Our award winner has pioneered unique customer experiences by creating the brand’s first fully-interactive Navigator.”
Opened in the spring of 2016, the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel is located in the fashion-forward Garment District, and is defined as New York’s first “living” hotel with state-of-the-art ambient intelligence technology. Guests entering the AAA Four Diamond hotel are offered the unique experience of interacting with ever-changing digital displays projected along the corridors. Showcasing the vision of our digital future through a variety of technologies, including reflective wallpaper, motion detectors, projectors and 3D cameras, the hotel walls create a dynamic tapestry, responsive to the presence of people, and reflecting the energy of the surrounding neighborhood.
Stonebridge Companies has received several other industry recognitions from Marriott International including the 2016 Spirit to Serve award, the Service Excellence, and Food and Beverage Excellence in 2015, as well as Developer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution for Select Service in 2013.
About Stonebridge Companies
Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The diverse portfolio of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit http://www.sbcos.com.
Originally appeared in Hotel News Now in December, 2016
Navin Dimond, founder, president and CEO of Colorado-based Stonebridge Companies, says the management and development company succeeds because of its commitment to strong relationships.
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado—When Navin Dimond founded Stonebridge Companies 25 years ago, hotels weren’t a big part of the company’s agenda.
“I am an accidental hotelier; it was not by design,” he said. “My original intentions when forming (the company) were centered more around other real estate,” such as office, retail and warehouse deals.
Over that timespan, the company has done countless deals, yet every one is distinctly unique to Dimond. Fast-forward 25 years, and now hotels are what have earned the third-party management, ownership and development company based in Colorado its mark on the industry. With more than 56 hotels comprising more than 10,000 guestrooms* nationwide and new deals constantly in the works, Dimond, the company’s president and CEO, has definitely made the most of his “accidental hotelier” status.
“Every deal, project and relationship is equally important to me,” he said. “It’s all about relationships—you are only as good as your word, and building strong relationships in all areas of your company is what I believe makes you successful.”
Strong relationships, strong brands
Good relationships aren’t just reserved for guests, Dimond said. They extend to everyone from guests to associates to owner and brand partners. They’re what has kept the company moving forward over the last 25 years, and will continue to direct it in the future, he said.
“Our primary directive has, and will always continue to be, distinguished hospitality,” Dimond said. “It is what we strive to practice every single day as we build on the previous day’s work and experience. It is what we have set as our mission to be as a company.”
Today, Stonebridge Companies has a large branded footprint and has won many awards from the likes of Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide Holdings. Relationships with brand companies have grown over the years, Dimond said, thanks to “strong partnerships built on trust, integrity and open and honest communication.”
Some highlights from the past few years include a project to repurpose a downtown Denver office building into the company’s and Colorado’s first dual-brand hotel—the Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center. That project earned Stonebridge Hilton’s Dual-Brand Developer of the Year award in 2013.
In 2014, the company converted Denver’s iconic Colorado National Bank building into its first Renaissance Hotel, the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center hotel, which received Marriott’s 2015 Hotel of the Year award for the Renaissance brand in the western United States.
The company continues to grow beyond its home state’s borders as well. This year marked Stonebridge’s first opening in the Boston market, the Residence Inn Boston Watertown, as well as the opening of the Renaissance New York Midtown, the company’s third Marriott-branded hotel in Manhattan.
Dimond said he considers the company’s best accomplishment, however, to be its people.
“Our company now employs over 3,000 associates across the country and they deliver distinguished hospitality each and every day,” he said.
Part of that mission to deliver distinguished hospitality is keeping up with changes in the industry, the biggest of which has been technology, Dimond said.
“We are constantly evolving to stay on top of cutting-edge technology,” he said.
Those efforts help a lot when it comes to guest satisfaction, he said, and the company’s “ability to give and receive feedback … and improve each and every day.”
As the company continues to evolve to meet its guests’ needs, brand companies are doing the same, Dimond said.
“Our guests have become more diverse and, as a result, our hotel offerings need to reflect their diversity and lifestyle,” he said.
Case in point: The company is developing a 147-room Moxy hotel from Marriott in Seattle, near Amazon’s headquarters. Development has begun on the new build, which is scheduled for a 2017 opening.
While brands continue to be a huge part of Stonebridge’s strategy, Dimond said more independent hotels are definitely in the company’s future. Stonebridge currently operates the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia.
“We anticipate more in the future for the appropriate locations,” he said.
When it comes to projects, Dimond said there really is no prescribed “sweet spot” for Stonebridge.
“We are all about making good decisions,” he said. “If a deal makes sense, we will do it.”
He called the company’s pipeline “exciting,” citing projects in the works in Boston; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; San Francisco; Denver; and Boulder, Colorado.
“We will continue down the same path that brought us this far, with thoughtful execution every day,” he said.
Originally appeared in West Virginia University College of Business & Economics in November, 2016
The boutique Hospitality and Tourism Management program and its students in the West Virginia UniversityCollege of Business and Economics continue to impress the state and the nation, mostly recently by placing third out of 25 teams in the international 2016 STR Student Market Study Competition in mid-November.
The Mountaineer team consisted of four hospitality and tourism management majors: Tiffany Benjamin, a senior from Wardensville, West Virginia; Emily Dillon, a senior from Uniontown, Pennsylvania; Carrie Digman, a junior from Charleston dual majoring in accounting; and Matthew Smith, a junior from Gaithersburg, Maryland.
“We were very excited to place in an international competition where we beat out many well established hospitality and tourism programs. Our program is only two years old, and we competed against programs that have been around for decades,” Benjamin said.
After submitting a 30-minute video for the first round of the competition, the WVU team advanced to the final round, which took place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The group of B&E students competed against teams from top programs at institutions like Virginia Tech, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Michigan State University and San Francisco State University.
“This win helps to prove we are a top emerging program in the country because we are able to compete with these prestigious schools and programs,” said Frank DeMarco, teaching associate professor of hospitality and tourism management. “When you talk about the hospitality and tourism industry and the field of study in the nation, you know Virginia Tech and Michigan State. Our benchmark – it’s unbelievable.”
And while the other schools were presenting about their local industries, the WVU students stepped outside of their comfort zone and swept the judges away with their study topic: the impact of the 2016 Summer Olympics on the hospitality and tourism industry in Rio de Janeiro.
“Our team told a story. The students did not simply just present the data they found. They put a lot of work and extra detail into the market study. They even talked to the Olympians here at WVU to get a real feel for their experience,” said Ajay Aluri, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management. “There were a lot of issues in Rio with the Zika epidemic and the recession, so they talked about tourism and gave recommendations for what they could do differently despite these challenges.”
To say the students were prepared would be an understatement. The team worked diligently in and out of the classroom to prepare for this competition – working in the learning lab, being exposed to all departments in the industry and presenting several times to hospitality and tourism professionals prior to the competition. This experiential learning project is something they will take with them into their careers.
“We were actually pretty calm and confident up on stage. Mr. DeMarco and Dr. Aluri had us present at least 15 times before we went to New York,” Benjamin said. “Half of the time we were in front of business professionals, which really helped ease our nerves for the day of the presentation. After spending so much time together this semester, getting up on stage with the team felt natural. We just got up there, had fun and presented our information the best we had all semester.”
“We really want to thank executives at Stonebridge Companies, WVU Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Council and HOSBA executives for their time and input,” DeMarco said. “They really helped to escalate the students’ presentation skills.”
While the students are very appreciative of the executives that helped them prepare for this competition, they are also grateful for the professors and the program that has taught them so much.
“Our entire group would recommend the program to any student who is interested in the hospitality field. Our professors are very invested in each of their students. They take time to get to know each one and are willing to do just about anything to help us succeed. They spent countless hours helping us prepare our presentation and were very supportive on the day of our presentation, which is what we all needed,” Benjamin said. “On top of having great professors, our program is very experience oriented. We each do internships and field experience work before we graduate. I personally feel this is more valuable than anything you learn in a classroom because employers want to know what you have done, so adding these experiences to your resume really helps you to stand out.”
*Note: Frank DeMarco is Stonebridge Companies’ Waterfront Place Hotel’s Director of Training. Matt Smith and Carrie Digman are currently Guest Serivce Agents at Waterfront Place Hotel. Tiffany Benjamin is a former intern at Waterfront Place Hotel.
Originally appeared in High Profile- New England Facilities Development News in November, 2016
Originally appeared in Confluence Denver in November, 2016
Come relax at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Norwood, MA is your home away from home, a great value among hotels in Norwood. Discover upscale shopping, dining and entertainment at Patriot Place in Foxboro and Legacy Place in Dedham. Travelers to the area will find us to be an easy commute to Boston via, car or rail and a short drive to Providence, RI.
All of our spacious suites offer separate living and sleeping areas and plenty of space for relaxing, entertaining or meeting with colleagues. All suites include fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, range, microwave and coffee maker. Start your day with our complimentary full hot breakfast buffet in our Gatehouse where you can enjoy a complimentary newspaper and join us at our hospitality hour, a Residence Inn tradition.
Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Norwood/Canton
275 Norwood Park South
Norwood, MA 02062
Hotel Phone: 781-278-9595
Hotel Fax: 781-278-9597
The Residence Inn Boston Framingham has been transformed with modern decor and natural tones into an energized, extended stay hotel in the heart of MetroWest. All of the suites feature fully equipped kitchens, stylish furnishings and are 40% larger than a traditional hotel room. Each suite features separate areas for living, working, and sleeping; and are also equipped with complimentary high-speed internet to keep you connected.
Just a 30 minute ride from Logan Airport and only 25 miles from downtown Boston, the Residence Inn provides a home base at the intersection of Interstate 90 (Mass Pike) and Route 9. The Residence Inn is less than 1 mile from Staples World Headquarters, Bose Corporation, Genzyme/Sanofi, CA Technologies, Cumberland Farms/Gulf Oil and Boston Heart Diagnostics.
Enjoy a run in Hopkinton State Park and visit the start of the historic Boston Marathon. Residence Inn helps guests maintain a balance of work and life while away from home.
Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Framingham
400 Staples Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
Hotel Phone: 508-370-0001
Hotel Fax: 508-370-0440
Originally appeared in Hotel Business in November, 2016
Originally appeared in Hotel F & B in November, 2016
Targeted tweaks help keep Range restaurant fine-tuned and focused on future growth.
The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center opened in 2014, but the building it occupies is rooted in more than a century of history. The property is inside the former Colorado National Bank building, built in 1915.
The bank moved to a different location in the early 2000s and was sold to Stonebridge Companies, who spent millions of dollars and four years carefully renovating the structure into a Renaissance, with many exceptions made to preserve the history of the building, including 16 lobby murals painted in 1925 by legendary Colorado artist Allen Tupper True.
While much of the past has been preserved in the hotel, the property’s restaurant, Range, is decidedly forward-focused. The 110-seat streetside space can be described as a modern whiskey saloon, with Executive Chef Paul Nagan’s “New American West” cuisine—regionally sourced dishes with ultra-contemporary presentations—and an intensely local, Colorado-centric beer/wine/spirits program rounding out the concept.
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