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Mr. Steinbock

Erich Steinbock

Managing Director, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

A 45-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Erich Steinbock holds the position of Managing Director of the legendary Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, New York. He also oversees the operations at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda. Mr. Steinbock joined Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following eleven years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. At Ritz- Carlton Mr. Steinbock became General Manager of several properties within the collection and participated in the opening of 14 Ritz-Carltons both domestically and internationally. Mr. Steinbock also served as Vice President of Food & Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton Corporate office where he worked on developing concepts and opening restaurants with distinguished chefs Eric Ripert, Laurent Tourandel, Dean Fearing, Wolfgang Puck and others. Erich Steinbock knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. He began his career as waiter's apprentice in Vienna, followed by seasonal work in Switzerland. After spending two years as a Bar Manager on the island of Corsica, he left Europe behind to cultivate his hospitality career in Bermuda, holding positions in Food & Beverage Manager and Social Director for Elbow Beach Surf Club. Soon, Mr. Steinbock moved to the United States and took the position of Maître d' at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont before moving on to become Resident Manager at The Huntley Lodge in Big Sky, Montana. He then joined Little America Hotels & Resorts where he held positions as Food & Beverage Manager at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho and General Manager of The Westgate Hotel, a five star, five diamond property in San Diego California In 1991, Mr. Steinbock returned to Vienna to obtain his MBA at City University of Seattle. While in school, he worked as Director of Sales at Ottakringer, the largest brewery in Vienna, spearheading all Pepsi Cola sales in Austria and approved financial plans for more than 200 restaurants within the company. After Mr. Steinbock received his MBA, he moved back to the United States where he joined Steve Wynn at Mirage Resorts. While in Las Vegas, he worked as Vice President of Food & Beverage at Treasure Island and was instrumental in executing the pre-opening activities for the well-known Bellagio hotel. His wealth of experience, knowledge in the hospitality industry and appreciation for the culture and history of legendary hotels led him to manage one of Manhattan's most iconic hotels, The Carlyle. “I am thrilled to join Rosewood and lead the team at The Carlyle,” said Mr. Steinbock. “I have an enormous respect for the tradition and significance of the hotel as the social center of Manhattan's Upper East Side. It is a place where history is written and the future is created and I look forward to opening an exciting new chapter in The Carlyle's history.”

Mr. Steinbock can be contacted at 212-570-7100 or erich.steinbock@rosewoodhotels.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.