Hotel Management January 2017 : Page 18

18 NEWS January 2017 | HOTELMANAGEMENT.NET 5 QUESTIONS WITH Two decades in, Vesta Hospitality is right where it wants to be, according to the management company’s president and CEO It’s Vesta Hospitality’s 20th year, a natural point of reflection for the company’s President and CEO Rick Takach. Named after the goddess of home and hearth, Vesta doesn’t just take care of its guests; Takach is all about ensuring his people feel valued, too. He has many associates that have been with the company for 10 years or longer, giving employees room to blossom in their careers. We spoke to Takach to better understand his point of view about hospitality, hotels and Vesta’s people as he gets set to start what he believes will be the company’s most exciting decade to date. Rick Takach 1 More than meets the eye Mobile Access compatible What makes Vesta different from the competition? I don’t know if this is a big advantage for everyone, but it was for me. The only thing I have done since college is work in hotels and I worked from the ground up. I know how to operate hotels and treat people. That is the key to this—I know what to look for and know how to operate properties. At the beginning, we were able to get a hotel product to maximum value because of our operations and sales value. But ➔ ■ Online capability (wireless) New stylish reader design RFID reader with improved reading distance “I feel great about Vesta’s ability to mitigate hospitality risks because of the team we have and the cycles we have been through. This is the best I ever felt. It took a while, but to be in the position for growth is great, that is, if we want to grow.” I didn’t have the same depth of experience for driving growth and acquisitions. That was a big learning curve for me. That took a while to understand. I feel great about Vesta’s ability to mitigate hospitality risks because of the team we have and the cycles we have been through. This is the best I ever felt. It took a while, but to be in the position for growth is great— that is, if we want to grow. There are a lot of people that want to grow for the sake of growth. I See Rick Takach | page 20 Powered by When it comes to smart security, less is more. With the new VingCard Essence, you get more advanced technology in a clean, minimalistic design that blends with any hotel decor. And now the industry’s most uniquely beautiful and functional locking system is even smarter. Available with wireless online capabilities, VingCard Essence is now also available with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access, powered by secure Seos technology. This revolutionary solution allows guests to bypass the front desk, using their smartphone or watch as a secure digital key. Learn more today www.assaabloyhospitality.com/essence *US patent number 8047030

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