Exponential Change in the Hotel Industry
In this episode we talk with Robert Pratt, President of One Hospitality and long time MacKay CEO Forums member.
Robert Pratt has been a hotel industry leader for more than 30 years. He joined ONE Lodging Management in 2015 as President, assuming responsibility for the day-to-day operations of all hotel properties in the ONE family, including the 80 properties currently owned by American Hotel Income Properties (AHIP), for which ONE is the exclusive hotel manager.
Before joining ONE, Robert served as President of Coast Hotels Ltd, a collection of over 40 hotels throughout Canada and the U.S.
After graduating from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration with a Bachelor of Science, Robert spent 17 years with Westin Hotels and Resorts holding progressively senior roles in sales, marketing and hotel operations eventually serving as General Manager of Westin Hotels properties in Ottawa and Edmonton. He then joined SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts (formerly CHIP Hospitality) as the Regional Vice President of the Pacific Northwest region. He subsequently held positions as Senior Vice President of Operations and Executive Vice President at SilverBirch where he was responsible for operations of 40 hotels coast-to-coast operating under 12 franchised brands employing 4,000 staff before being appointed President and COO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts in 2007. From there he joined Westmont Hospitality Group in Toronto as Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw operations of 160 hotels across Canada operating under 10 franchised brands employing 10,000 people.
As a dedicated contributor to the community, Robert has held senior volunteer positions with the United Way of Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton and is active in his local church. He is a current Board member of the Hotel Association of Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and is chair of the HR committee at Destination British Columbia. He sits on the advisory committee of the University of Guelph and is an admissions field interviewer for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Robert was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of American Hotel Income Properties.