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Mr. Blair

Ed Blair

General Manager, The Curtis - A Doubletree by Hilton

Ed Blair is the “Rebel Leader” or General Manager of the Curtis - a Doubletree by Hilton, Denver's only hotel dedicated to pop culture where all guests are encouraged to “Stay Happy.”

With more than 22 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Blair previously served as the General Manager at Sage's Embassy Suites Denver Downtown, where he was honored with the “Sage Passion Award” for 2017. He also spent almost a decade as the General Manager of The Oxford Hotel, where he was named “Leader of the Year” in 2012. Under his direction, The Oxford was also honored as Sage's the “Hotel of the Year” in 2011, based on its strong financials, market share, guest, employee and audit metrics.

A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Mr. Blair also previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Mile High United Way and an Associate Pastor at Colorado's NorthPoint Covenant Church. He is a founding member of Denver's Road to Work Business Advisory Council, which provides training and employment opportunities for people suffering from poverty and those with disabilities, and also serves on the board of Denver's 14th Street General Improvement District.

Managed by Denver's Sage Hospitality - one of the nation's top hotel investment and management companies - the Curtis was recently named one the “6 Best Hotels in Downtown Denver” by FODOR'S. The Curtis offers 336 modern guest rooms featuring custom art, sleek furniture and a Hilton Sweet Dreams Bed and more than 28,000 total square feet of playful urban event space, all named after favorite childhood games.


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

Mr. Blair can be contacted at 303-571-0300 or ed.blair@hilton.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.