Jay Stein

Chief Executive Officer at Dream Hotel Group

Jay Stein

Jay Stein is Chief Executive Officer of Dream Hotel Group, overseeing the evolution and expansion efforts of the Company and its portfolio of brands: Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels. With over three decades in the hospitality industry and more than 20 years with Dream Hotel Group’s predecessor, Hampshire Hotels Management, Stein has served in a variety of property and corporate roles with both large and boutique hotel brands, including Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Doral Hotels. Stein began his career in 1983 with Hilton Worldwide at the Vista International Hotel in the World Trade Center in New York City. A veteran of food and beverage management, he turned his sights to general hotel operations in 1987 and quickly rose up through the ranks to become Managing Director for three Doral Hotels in New York City. In 1995, after taking two of those properties through the transition to Starwood Hotels and Resorts, he stayed on as Area General Manager for almost three years with Starwood. He then joined Dream Hotel Group as Executive Vice President of Operations and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2005, overseeing hotel operations and playing a vital role in the Company’s expansion efforts. Stein was named Chief Executive Officer in 2015. An engaged professional dedicated to making a difference, Stein is a true ambassador for the industry, having spoken on numerous panels at conferences worldwide and having served as adjunct professor for the Hospitality programs at NYC College of Technology and New York University.

Insights by Jay Stein (9)

Ranking Human Capital from “taking them for granted” "the" link to success

As an industry that's come from such a long history of capital needs, including a huge range of human capital expenses, I don't think there's much change in minimum base of human capital focus for hotels.

A look back on 2020... Lessons learned

This was certainly the year I wish our industry never had to go through. Though personally, I believe living through September 11 in New York City was a scarier time, the COVID-19 pandemic had a far worse financial impact on our industry.

2.2 Dream Hotel Group Update

Jay Stein, CEO of Dream Hotel Group, returns to give us an update on the company's continued COVID strategy. Last time we spoke they were working on opening a new hotel in Cleveland.

Insider Travel: How Dream Hotels Is Returning to Let Guests Dream Again

Jay Stein, CEO of Dream Hotel Group, talks with James Shillinglaw of Insider Travel Report, about how his company, which has multiple brands in the four- and five-star category has gotten through the crisis, reopening its first hotels this month, although it still has more to reopen.

Do hospitality schools deliver the talent you are looking for today?

In short, the answer is yes…to some degree. It may be that for a long time we weren't looking at the right schools. In our experience, the top hospitality schools like Cornell and NYU are not putting out students who are looking for entry level managerial positions.
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