Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Karpinski

Peter Karpinski

Partner, Sage Hospitality

Peter Karpinski is the creative entrepreneurial force behind both Sage Restaurant Group and Sage Hospitality. SRG is a successful Denver-based enterprise developing independent restaurants that break the mold of traditional hotel dining, while Sage Hospitality is one of the country’s largest hotel management and development companies with a specialization in lifestyle and luxury properties. Through Mr. Karpinski’s bold thought leadership, he has launched eleven award-winning Sage Restaurant Group concepts, all located adjacent to Sage Hospitality properties. In both roles, Mr. Karpinski leads lifestyle-focused real estate development projects and curates overall brand development, ownership, and management platforms. His entrepreneurship, unrivaled hospitality experience, and business ethics intertwine and pave the way for the continued growth of each company. With plans to duplicate core brands and launch new, unique concepts, 2017 promises to be Sage’s most significant year yet. Mr. Karpinski will help lead the company’s Dairy Block project in downtown Denver, introducing a full city block redevelopment featuring The Maven, a new urban upscale hotel brand, a second location of Kachina Southwestern Grill, a new bar called Poka Lola Social Club, and Class A office and retail space. Denver will also welcome a fourth location of SRG’s modern steakhouse brand, Urban Farmer. Additionally, Mr. Karpinski and his team will launch two highly anticipated concepts in 2017; Bower Bird Coffee, and The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market in the Fort Collins, CO and Savannah, GA markets. Most recently, he opened the award-winning Halcyon Hotel and second location of Departure restaurant in Denver to rave reviews.   An alum of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Karpinski has gained national praise from prominent hospitality-based publications such as Food & Wine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers, 40 and Under,” Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Power List”, and Restaurant Hospitality. Mr. Karpinski has also been recognized by influential business media including Forbes, Market Watch, CNN Money, and Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals”, and has appeared on Food Network’s “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell”.

Mr. Karpinski can be contacted at 303-405-8394 or peter.karpinski@sagerestaurantgroup.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.