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Mr. Ogdie

Joe Ogdie

General Manager, The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection

Joe Ogdie serves as the General Manager of The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, a luxury resort located just outside Park City, Utah in the Wasatch Mountain Range. In his role, Mr. Ogdie oversees the daily operations of the resort, which encompasses 46 rooms and suites, The Edge Spa, signature restaurant Yuta led by James Beard Award-winning Chef Galen Zamarra. The High West Distillery and countless outdoor activities, such as heli-skiing, horseback riding and kids' programs seek to connect guests with the expansive 3,500-acre mountain paradise.

An experienced luxury hospitality professional, Mr. Ogdie has spent his career working in key management positions with globally recognized hotel brands. Before joining The Lodge at Blue Sky team, Mr. Ogdie served as Interim General Manager at Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection, the luxurious private canyon hideaway in Napa Valley, California. Prior to that, he served as Director of Operations and Director of Food and Beverage at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Napa Valley's spirited property designed for foodies and wellness seekers. Mr. Ogdie began his career with Four Seasons, working across properties in Hawaii, New York and Florida.

Mr. Ogdie holds a degree in hospitality management from Baltimore International College. An outdoor enthusiast with a passion for food and wine. Mr. Ogdie spends his free time skiing and cooking. When traveling, he loves to visit exotic locales where he can experience the destination's food and beverage scene one restaurant at a time, with a preference for places off the beaten path.

Please visit http://www.aubergeresorts.com/bluesky for more information.

Mr. Ogdie can be contacted at +1 435-571-0349 or joe.ogdie@aubergeresorts.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.