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Mr. Antonioli

Valeriano Antonioli

Chief Executive Officer, Lungarno Alberghi s.r.l.

Valeriano Antonioli is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Lungarno Alberghi s.r.l., the hotel management company owned by the Ferragamo family. As a 27-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Antonioli has managed luxury hotels and resorts throughout Italy, Germany, Russia, England and the U.S. His passions for innovation, luxury and attention to detail, as well as his flair for reinventing hotels into vibrant lifestyle destinations perfect for the fashionable elite, have been core values throughout his career. Prior to joining Lungarno Alberghi s.r.l., Mr. Antonioli was Managing Director of InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, a 293-room luxury resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Under his guidance, which began in 2007, the resort achieved important accolades, such as Travel + Leisure “13th Best US and Canada Hotel 2010” and Esquire’s “Best New US Restaurant 2009.” Upon opening in 2009, the hotel was listed by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top new hotels in the world. Previously, as General Manager of the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Mr. Antonioli oversaw the entire hotel operation while enhancing it into a contemporary, world-class address through a complete restructuring of its outlets. His vision included adding Los Angeles’ hottest bar, Whiskey Blue, and the critically acclaimed restaurant, NineThirty. His influence helped cultivate the hotel into an urban oasis complimented by contemporary art, music and seductive interiors. Mr. Antonioli’s experience also includes General Manager of the historic Diana Majestic in Milan, which he repositioned as “the fashion hotel in Milan,” by making a true happening of the Milanese tradition of an evening aperitif. There, Mr. Antonioli created the Diana Garden and Black Label Room transforming Diana Majestic into one of the hippest hotels in Europe. Previously, Mr. Antonioli was Resident Manager at Hotel Principie di Savoia and Hotel Duca in Milan; Room Division Manager at Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg; and Room Division Manager at Arabella Grand Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Antonioli is a Certified Business Economist with a degree in business economics from VWA Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He also studied Marketing and Hospitality Industry Strategic Management at Cornell University. Married with two children, he is a Taekwondo Black Belt and enjoys outdoor sports including skiing, mountain climbing, golf and tennis. He also recently became a fan of yoga. He is author of the successful book Eating, Drinking and Flirting and The Joy of Discovery which tells in an evocative, emotional style of all there is to experience at Montelucia Resort & Spa. Mr. Antonioli is fluent in four languages including Italian, German, French and English. In 2007, he was decorated in the Legion of Honour of the Italian Republic as Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana.

Please visit www.lungarnocollection.com for more information.

Mr. Antonioli can be contacted at 39-055-272-66800 or v.antonioli@lungarnocollection.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.