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Mr. Williams

Court Williams

Chief Executive Officer, HVS Executive Research

Court Williams is Chief Executive Officer of HVS Executive Search with offices in New York, Denver, Orlando, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New Delhi. Mr. Williams is based in New York and has over 27 years of retained Hospitality Executive Search experience within the Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel/Leisure industries.

Mr. Court began his career in the restaurant industry after graduating from Cornell's Hotel School gaining operational experience prior to launching a career track in Human Resources with an international restaurant company. Having gained experience in executive recruitment from the brand side, the desire to work with a broader range of hospitality clients led him to a career in retained executive search beginning in 1990.

Mr. Williams has expertise in leading senior hospitality executive searches across all functional areas including Board Director, CEO, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Development, Culinary and Supply Chain. His client base includes private equity firms, hotel management companies, restaurant companies, travel technology brands and leisure venues.

Mr. Williams also leads the global growth strategy for HVS Executive Search. He has been a sought-after speaker and panelist for hospitality industry events as he has enjoyed great success working closely with clients going through an organizational and cultural change, which is a leading topic in the hospitality industry today.

Mr. Williams remains an active Cornell alumnus and is a student coach with Cornell University's Hospitality Leadership Development Institute, as well as The Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management's MBA Marketing program. Mr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University.

Please visit http://www.hvs.com for more information.

Mr. Williams can be contacted at 516-248-8828 x220 or cwilliams@hvs.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.