Eric Foley: General Manager of Refinery Hotel NYC

My NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best:

Collaborate. You are only as strong as the team around you. My experience has taught me that in order to be a strong leader collaboration is key not only to the hotel’s success but to individual success as well.

What makes you the best?

Good communication and positivity has ensured that direction and guidance given fosters positive results and team morale.

How will you stay the best?

Stay true to myself and my team. Never forget my goals. Constantly strive for further development, because you’ll never know it all.  

Biggest Success:

My family


Personal: To be an example for my son. I  aim to be the inspiration to him that my father is to me

Business: To always love what I do and help motivate future generations of hoteliers

Most challenging moment:

Every day brings its own unique and different challenges that is the beauty of the hospitality industry. I prefer to look at every challenge as an opportunity.

Favorite Motto:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

I find this to be especially relevant to the hospitality industry. At the end of the day guest experience is why we’re all here.  

Favorite People:

The people in my everyday life and those who have helped mold me into the leader I am today. Their guidance and support has been a driving force in my success.

Favorite Places:

Home, preferably on the back porch surrounded by family. Second to that Koh Samui, Thailand, a place I hope to visit again soon.

Current Passions:

I enjoy playing hockey in a local league and spending time with my family doing anything from skiing in the winter to hitting the great Long Island beaches in the summer.