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Mr. Carr

Harry Carr

Corporate Director of Revenue Management, Pivot Hotels & Resorts

Harry Carr, the Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Pivot Hotels and Resorts has been involved in the evolving discipline of revenue management since 1998. With over 20 years of hospitality experience in lifestyle hotels, destination resorts and branded properties, he has been able to drive total revenue and gain market share for diverse properties.

Mr. Carr joined Pivot Hotels & Resorts in 2015 and assisted in repositioning Hotel Zephyr, the first property in the Pivot portfolio. The Zephyr was able to grow revenue by 33% and grew the RevPAR index from 101.6% to 115.3%. In 2016 he was named revenue manager of the year and promoted to lead the team from the corporate level. He has been instrumental in growing the Pivot portfolio from a single property to 11 operating properties and 17 total including those under development. The rapid growth of the lifestyle division within Davidson Hotels and Resorts has required Mr. Carr to focus on recruiting, developing and retaining an industry leading team of Directors of Revenue Management.

Before joining Pivot, Mr. Carr worked with leading lifestyle companies at SBE and Viceroy Hotel Group as well as Branded hotels at Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Starwood and Hilton. His experience extends outside of the United States to international sites with a focus on the Caribbean. He built the revenue management structure from the ground up for The Maho Group on the island of St. Maarten consisting of 5 independent hotels. Early in his career, Mr. Carr worked in the front office, housekeeping and sales giving him first-hand knowledge of how top line results impact operations and ultimately the profitability of the hotel. Mr. Carr is active within HSMAI and enjoys volunteering with the American Red Cross.


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

Mr. Carr can be contacted at 678-349-0909 or info@pivothotels.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.