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Mr. Haas

Steven Haas

Board Member, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority

Steven Haas, Miami's born and bred tastemaker, is currently the new Executive Director for Centerplate at Miami Beach Convention Center. He was previously the chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) from 2004 to 2008 and a board member from 2002 to 2004.

Preeminent restaurateur, entrepreneur, and culinary creator, Mr. Haas is a key visionary in the development of Miami's vibrant food tourism community. He enjoys a storied history at some of South Florida's finest dining establishments. Mr. Haas founded City Hall the Restaurant, located in the heart of Miami's performing arts district. He was co-owner and operating partner for Soyka Restaurant by News Cafe Corp.

Mr. Haas was also the General Manager for China Grill and Tuscan Steak in South Beach, Red Square, Delano and Social at the Sagamore Hotel. His extensive pedigree in restaurant management also includes positions at The Forge, Joe's Stone Crab and Monty's Stone Crab.

Mr. Haas was previously the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), the first to helm the board from the restaurant sector. During his time with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), he helped curate the Miami Begins with Me and Miami Spice Restaurant Month initiatives that advanced the level of standards for customer service and restaurant promotion in Greater Miami and Beaches.

Mr. Haas' shrewd eye for fine dining re-imagines traditional convention center cuisine into an unforgettable and delectable experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-haas-61166632/

Mr. Haas can be contacted at +1 305-333-5805 or stevehaas@soykarestaurant.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.