Reflections: People Who Made a Difference: Brian Broom, CHA English Hotelier Extraordinaire

Reflections

Brian Broom, CHA, English Hotelier Extraordinaire

My first interaction with Brian came in the late 1970s after a massive hotel fire in Atlanta.  The entire hotel of 400 suites and rooms, 30 conference rooms, two large ballrooms, two restaurants and what had been the number one disco in Atlanta were completely shut down.  While the hotel staff and management received national recognition the following year for its well trained response to the fire, the experience was an eye-opening one for me as the resident manager in rebuilding the facility and the hotel’s reputation.

Based in New England, Brian worked with Dunfey Hotels and many other national companies . Brian was a master project manager with great vision and stamina.  While it might seem simple enough to have had a generous insurance reimbursement, planning from scratch is not nearly as simple as that sounds.  In a period before “ just in time delivery” options and computer simulations, Brian taught and delivered advance planning, intricate and coordinated deliveries and trade construction, with extensive content in quality checklists.  The entire hotel was completely renovated and reopened less than six months after the devastating fire.

Over an eight month period,  Brian shared design insights with the hotel ownership, management, staff  and the insurance company that included his gift of conceptualization at a time far in advance of those shared today on Restaurant Impossible, Hotel Impossible and many other cable offerings.

Brian had a successful career as a consultant, management company owner, designer and entrepreneur.  Brian and his spouse Sheila worked together on many renovations and  projects over a 15 year period with me and others across the US.

The descriptor of the English Hotelier Extraordinaire is used and because Brian used his English perspectives to focus on delighting guests. He was known for using space creatively and efficiently, in operating hotels profitably and for fair business practices.

Time and circumstances intervened and we lost touch. It remains a regret to me that we did not reconnect, as he passed away in that time.   I always found Brian’s standards to be of the highest quality,  his integrity was front and center and I learned a great deal from this consummate professional.

Think back a moment on people who have impacted you and your career – it is worth the time for reflection.

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 Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE Boston Dec  2010

John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. He is CEO and Co-Founder of HospitalityEducators.com , which has more than 2000 resource pages and has become the #1 independent website for hotel owners and managers. He is also the Principal of HoganHospitality.com, which offers hotel expert witness services and hospitality consulting.

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KEYS TO SUCCESS is the umbrella title for our programs, hospitality services and columns. This year’s writings focus on a variety of topics for hotel owners, managers and professionals including both my “HOW TO” articles, HOSPITALITY CONVERSATIONS™, Lessons from the Field™, Hotel Common Sense™, THE P-A-R PRINCIPLE™ and Principles for Success.

The lessons of the five balls

This might have been a recommended reading, but in fact, it is mainly commenting on one small section in a 2001 book by James Patterson.  I discovered an important observation and a learning lesson on page 20 in a diary entry of Suzanne’s Journal for Nicholas, where a main character describes life.

The character says life is a game in which people must juggle five balls. The balls are called:
1. work
2. family
3. health
4. friends
5. integrity

You keep them all in the air and one day you come to realize that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

The other four balls are made of glass and if you drop one of them, it will be changed. The balls representing family, health, friends and integrity if not handled properly can become scuffed, nicked or perhaps even shattered.

Over the past 5 years or so, I have had many people reach out to me in many ways.   The tough global economy,  the indecision of both government and business on how to respond and the ever increasing pace of life in the information overload we now experience all contribute to how we deal with those five balls.

Once one really understands the lessons of the five balls, you have the beginnings of balance in your life.

I encourage anyone reading this to slow down for just a bit, take the time to think and  appreciate the lessons of those five balls and what they represent to you.

Dr.John Hogan CHE CHA CMHS
HospitalityEducators
Hogan Hospitality

Success does not come by accident or chance.

Contact us for assistance.

John.Hogan@HospitalityEducators.com or 602-799-5375

HospitalityEducators.com was created to help hospitality businesses address problems via a training and information resource site to help you increase your Hotel’s revenue, market share and profitability.  With more than 1,000 pages of tips, guides, best practices, strategies, plans, budgets, videos and resources, HospitalityEducators.com is the #1 independent website for hotel owners and managers.  This site can help you solve your problems now!      Read More  

KEYS TO SUCCESS  is the umbrella title for my 2012 programs, hospitality services and columns. This year’s writings focus on a variety of topics for hotel owners, managers and professionals including both my “HOW TO” articles, HOSPITALITY CONVERSATIONS™, Lessons from the Field™, Hotel Common Sense™ , THE P-A-R PRINCIPLE™  and Principles for Success.

Feel free to share an idea for a column at john.hogan@hospitalityeducators.com   anytime or contact me regarding consulting, customized workshops, speaking engagements … And remember – we all need a regular dose of common sense,


 

John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. He is CEO and Co-Founder of www.HospitalityEducators.com , which delivers focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing hospitality today.
www.HospitalityEducators.com  is a membership site offering a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability.

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