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David Mansbach

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With over two decades within the hospitality industry as a consultant, investor and in hotel and restaurant operations, David’s experience is diverse. He graduated from the University of Hartford and started his career in sales & marketing at The Plaza Hotel in New York before embarking upon a career in hospitality consulting. A frequent lecturer on industry related issues, David has written more than 100 articles on the topics of executive selection, pay-for-performance, corporate governance and executive leadership. He is currently conducting a study surrounding the art and science of succession planning within the hospitality industry.

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The Long-Term Incentive Dilemma Of Asset-Management Pay

The economic impact of COVID-19 has devastated the hotel industry in myriad ways, from sinking revenues to company restructurings. Hilton announced in June that it was laying off 2,100 employees, about 22% of its corporate staff.

Human Capital And The Current State Within the Hotel Asset Management Community

Regardless of where we are in the hotel cycle, the importance of high-performing asset management is critical to the success of any hotel owner. Over the last 20 years I have had the pleasure to work closely with this community assisting clients, such as public REITS and private equity groups, recruit high-performing executives, allowing owners to maximize value for their hotel property and/or portfolio.

Board Diversity Within The Lodging Industry – Moving Away From Ordinary Thinking

Results from a recent gender diversity study I conducted for the lodging industry indicate that of the 238 board seats available among the 28 U.S. lodging companies, only 51 were occupied by women (21%), a woefully low number.

The Broken Record Discussion – Boardroom Diversity Within The Restaurant Industry

Participating in countless client board meetings, I can say with confidence that gender diversity within the boardroom leads to first-rate ideation and collaboration. In addition, credible studies conducted by the likes of Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company prove out a strong correlation between a board comprised of a larger female presence and superior results in the boardroom.

Senior Leadership Succession Planning Within the Restaurant Industry – A Monumental Concern

Some would excuse the malaise (in the casual dining industry) because of the soft economy, demographic changes, and even the weather. However, that doesn't explain the remarkably few success stories who must compete for similar customers and are at the mercy of identical forces as the failing brands.
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