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Kirby D. Payne

Founder and President of HVS Hotel Management

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Kirby D. Payne, CHA, is founder and president of Tiverton, R.I.-based HVS Hotel Management, a full-service hotel- management company with offices in South Florida, in addition to New England . The company has operated hotels throughout the and served a multiplicity of clients, including lenders, airport authorities, law firms and individual investors. Payne, a 40-plus-year hotel-industry veteran, served as the 2002 Chair of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), is a former director of the National Restaurant Association, and previously served as a commissioner on the Certification Commission of the AH&LA's Educational Foundation.

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Mentoring: An Important Source of Training

With the tremendous growth of the lodging industry over the last three decades, the industry's ability to develop competent management staff has been severely strained.

Key Takeaways: AHLA & AAHOA’s – Legislative Action Summit 2017

The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) held their annual Legislative Action Summit (LAS) on May 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C. Year after year this event brings together a strong showing of general managers, owners, operators, developers, investors, asset managers, hotel employees, and government affairs experts to meet with congressional representatives from their respective states in their Capitol Hill offices to share stories and educate Congress on the issues presently affecting the hotel and lodging industry.

What Time Is The 3 PM Parade? (Should your hotel have some Mickey Mouse® in it?)

Years ago the Disney Institute held a seminar in Minneapolis . Among the co-sponsors was the Minnesota Hotel & Lodging Association. Vicki Richman, our CFO, attended and I have adapted her notes for this article.

Seven Steps to Food Cost Control

After I returned from Viet Nam in 1971 I completed my senior year of college at the hotel school of Florida State University. The Chair of the department was Peter Dukas who taught a class on food & beverage management which used a text book he had authored called, "How To Operate A Restaurant".

Room Service or is it Food Delivery?

I admit I am addicted to certain cartoons, including some serial ones. As a result, I regularly turn to the cartoon pages of the daily paper. I could not help but get an extra chuckle when I saw "The Family Circus" by Bill Keane on October 24, 1997.
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