Industry Update
Opinion Article 2 December 2016

AETHOS Consulting Group Shares 2017 Predictions, US

By Keith Kefgen, Managing Director & CEO at AETHOS Consulting Group and David Mansbach , Managing Director

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With just weeks left in the 2016 calendar year, AETHOS Consulting Group in New York, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne have gathered their thoughts and will boldly share their predictions, concerns and issues for the coming year. And while AETHOS executives focus on issues relative to their respective parts of the globe, issues naturally transcend and impact our industry worldwide.

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AETHOS CEO and Managing Director Keith Kefgen, who is based in New York, shares some commentary regarding labour costs and potential new hotel market segments, while AETHOS Managing Director Dave Mansbach shares insights regarding the food and beverage sector.

Kefgen prognosticates about the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence will make a big push into hospitality.
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs) will continue to be on the side-lines.
  • Proper Hotels will be the new hot brand in 2017.
  • Logistics will take over from "cyber" as the hot topic of the year.
  • "Say on Pay" will be abolished.
  • Unemployment will continue to decrease, causing wage inflation.
  • Student housing will be a target for growth from traditional lodging companies.
  • Trump will have a great honeymoon period in 2017.
  • Trump Hotels Collection CEO Eric Danziger will be the most sought-after interview in lodging.

Mansbach shares the following predictions:

  • Local and regional fast casual brands will continue to take significant market share from national brands.
  • Private equity-led restaurant companies will be importing senior level talent from other segments of the hospitality industry at an unprecedented pace.
  • Restaurant industry compensation programs will become more strategic in nature, moving from homogenized, market-based positioning to that of strategic customization.
  • We will see changes in the casual dining space (chaos and innovation) at a pace like no other time in the existence of the chain restaurant industry.
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Keith Kefgen

Keith Kefgen is, with nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, a career hospitality executive. Having graduated from the Cornell University Hotel School, he went on to work at Waldorf=Astoria Hotel before embarking upon a career in hospitality executive search. He was the CEO & founder of a global executive search firm before joining AETHOS Consulting Group.

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David Mansbach

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.

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