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Mr. Sharp

Jonathan Sharp

Director, Product Quality & Innovation, F&B, Focused Service Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Jonathan Sharp is director of product quality and innovation at Hilton Worldwide, where he oversees food and beverage for the company's focused service brands outside of the Americas. Mr. Sharp is responsible for the development and implementation of food and beverage products and services for Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Hotels throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Sharp has played an integral role in adapting Hilton Worldwide's focused service brand F&B offerings to fit the needs of global markets. Prior to joining Hilton in 2011, he served as head of F&B for Travelodge, where he managed a portfolio of 150 hotels. Previously, Mr. Sharp also held the position of area manager of U.K.-based Greenalls Brewery, overseeing operations of 40 bars. A passion for culinary arts, Mr. Sharp also owned and operated an Italian restaurant from 2001-2004. Mr. Sharp studied at Blackburn Catering College in the U.K. where he trained and earned his qualification as a chef.

Mr. Sharp can be contacted at 901-374-6462 or jonathan.sharp@hilton.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.