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Achilli Matteo Egomnia Founder/CEO
Ansel Dominque Dominique Ansel Bakery Owner
Antebi Marcus JuicePress Founder
Avino Mariella Palazzo Avino Owner/CEO
Barker John Barker/DZP Founder/President
Bassett Jennifer Jennifer Bassett Events Owner
Bastianich Lidia Felidia, Eataly, Del Posto Owner
Belfort Jordan Straight Line Systems Founder
Berman Sarah The Berman Group Founder/President
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Blumenstein Penny JDC President

Borries/Stefano Philippe/Justin Refinery29 CEO/Founders
Bowen Arabella Fodors Editor-in0-Chief

Bragman Howard 15 Minutes PR Founder/Chairman
Brodsky Howard David Barton CEO
Burke David David Burke Group Owner
Carter Will Burner App/AhHoc Labs Co-Founder
Cassidy Sean DKC President
Chapur Rafael Hard Rock Inclusive Resorts COO
Chevanne Antione Groupe Floriat CEO
Chong Alexandra LuLu Founder/CEO
Church Jeff SUJA Juice Founder
Cuomo Cristina Modern Luxury EIC
Cutler Elizabeth SoulCyle Co-Founder
Dadich Scott WIRED EIC
Darabi Soraya Zady Co-Founder
Davis Peter Scene Magazine EIC
Desseigne Dominque Groupe Lucien Barriere CEO
Doyle Patrick Domino's President/CEO
Ducasse Alain Alain Duccase Restaurants Owner
Dufresne David Bandzoogle CEO
Evans Annie Beautified App Co-Founder
Feeley Tom Sole Hotels Owner
Ferdman Michael Firstborn Founder
Foster Stuart Luxury Brands, Hilton VP of Marketing
Freid Brandon Sanctuary Hotel President
Georges Elie Hotel San Regis President/Owner
Gillis Neil Round Hill Music President
Godfrey Jay Jay Godfrey Founder
Goldstein Tara Brookfield VP of Marketing
Gomes Philma Cape Grace Hotel DOSM
Guest Cornelia Cornelia Guest Cookies Owner
Harrison Phil Perkins+Will CEO
Hendry Ricky Isaora Founder
Hiltzik Matthew Hiltzik Strategies President/CEO
Hofstetter Sarah 360i CEO
Hostettler Daniel Ocean House Management President
Humm Daniel Eleven Madison Park Owner
Huvane Stephen Slate PR Partner
Ivan Sir Peaceman Foundation Founder
Jackson Lisa LJ Cross Jewelry Founder/CEO

James Paul Starwood Luxury Collection Global Leader
Javian Michelle Harboring Hearts CEO/Co-Founder
Kaplow Liz Kaplow Communications Founder/CEO
Karan Donna DKNY Founder
Karlitz Herb Karlitz & Company Founder
Katz Allen NY Distilling Company Fonder
Kenner Nick Just Salad Founder
Kepmner Michael MWW Founder/President
Kessler Richard The Kessler Collection Chairman/CEO
Kliegerman Stephen Halstead President
Kolodny Shawn VIP Room Managing Director
Kunkel John 50 Eggs, Yardbird CEO/Founder
Labrecque Paul Paul Labrecque Owner
LaForce James LaForce + Stevens Founder/CEO
Le Calvez Didier Le Bristol Paris CEO
Lee Stacy Brazilian Court Hotel DOSM
Leggett Jaimes M&C Saatchi Australia CEO
Lekach David Dream Water Founder/CEO
Leyland Chelsea Chelsea Leyland Owner/Producer
Ljunberg Jenny C/O Hotels, Maidstone Owner
Ljung Alex SoundCloud Founder
Lo Anita Annisa Owner
Maccioni Mario Maccioni Group Partner
Malin/Goetz Matthew/Andrew Malin + Goetz Founders
Mamone Tony Livingly Media Founder/CEO
Martin Amy Jo Digital Royalty CEO/Founder
Matsuhisa Nobu Nobu Restaurants Owner
Mazar Mike Tenthwave Partner
Morimoto Iron Chef Morimoto Owner
Moscot Zack MOSCOT Creative Director
Murphy Sean Jetsetter EIC
Murphy Rhona The Daily Beast CEO
Musolino Sheila Ronald McDonald Chairty VP/COO
Nardoza Edward WWD EIC
Novogrod Nancy Travel + Leisure EIC
Olay Pablo PaddilaCRT VP
Osher Shaun CORE Founder/CEO

Pauli Dimitri Sant Ambroeus Owner
Pechar Edward McCormick/360 Vodka Chairman
Pecker David American Media Chairman/CEO
Perkins Lynn UrbanSitter Founder/CEO

Preysman Michael Everlane Founder/CEO

Rabin David Skylark, Lambs Club Owner
Reckford Jonathan Habitat for Humanity CEO
Rondeau Chris Planet Fitness CEO

Ronson Charlotte Charlotte Ronson Owner
Rotten Lilian Swissotel VP
Rousseau Linda Singita Group DOSM
Russell Charles Stribling & Associates DOSM

Sawyer Linda Deutsch CEO
Schoenberg Bruce Oasis Spa Owner
Senbahar Izak The Mark Hotel Owner
Siegel Alan Siegelvision CEO
Silvstedt Victoria Very Victoria Silvstedt Owner
Spencer Miles Mojiva/TrustCloud Founder
Spindel Janice Serious Matchmaking Owner
Steinberg Leonard Urban Compass President
Steinberg Richard Warburg Realty Managing Director
Tahlin Jonas Absolut Elyx CEO
Tanaka Patrice PaddilaCRT Founder
Tarkoff Rob Lithium Tech CEO
Tetrick Joshua Hampton Creek CEO/Founder
Thomson Amy ATM Artists President
Torossian Ron 5W PR Founder/President
Van der Meer Antonia Coastal Living EIC
Verschleiser Eli American Jewish Congress Treasurer
Vongerichten Jean-Georges Jean Georges Restaurants Owner
Wagner James Emory University President
Wales Jimmy Wikipedia Founder
Westergren Tim Pandora Founder
White Alex Next Big Sound Co-Founder
Wiedlin Andy BuzzFeed CRO
Wilcox Alex JetSuite CEO
Winter Alexandre Placemeter CEO/Founder
Wolffer Marc Wolffer Estate Vineyard Owner
Wunderman Lester Wunderman Chairman/Founder
Zecher Linda Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President/CEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday
May052014

Hospitality Strategist: Rafael Chapur, COO of Hard Rock’s All Inclusive Collection

As Chief Operating Officer for Hard Rock’s All Inclusive Collection, Rafael Chapur is charged with directing the company’s strategic operations from the ground up, overseeing management, marketing, sales efforts, partnerships and more for all four all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels. Chapur comes from a long established hospitality background.  His father Roberto Chapur founded Palace Resorts 25 years ago, growing the company into the leader in luxury, all-inclusive resort experiences in the Caribbean before ultimately expanding their partnership with Hard Rock to create the All Inclusive Collection

How and why did you get into the hospitality industry?

My family has been in the hospitality industry for 28 years, so I grew up learning the in’s and out’s of this ever-changing industry. I knew this was a career I would be passionate about.

What do you believe are your most successful decisions and biggest mistakes and what did you learn from your mistakes?

One of the most successful decisions was to introduce the Hard Rock Brand to the all-inclusive market. It has separated us from the rest and given clients a sense of brand comfort.

How do you differentiate your hotel brand from other luxury brands?

We market our properties as a different experience that includes the Hard Rock vibe, along with luxury all-inclusive amenities. It’s a fun, vibrant brand that provides a unique atmosphere with incredible history and one of a kind memorabilia — similar to Madonna’s limo which sits in the lobby of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. These concepts make us so incredibly different, and when you’re dealing with creative individuals with the Hard Rock brand, it allows us to push the boundaries. Everything from our concerts to group activities, we’re able to push the edge a bit. It’s been accepted pretty quickly. 

What are the most important traits in becoming a successful hotelier? 

It is crucial to understand your client and be able to change according to market conditions and demands. We’re in an industry that changes quickly and we can’t control any of the variables. It’s important to be on top of everything and make quick decisions with little information, while trusting your gut.

What products do you cross-market with and how do you think they contribute to the your hotel brand? 

We cross markets with various suppliers. Most recently, we’ve had great success with niche bands that have a strong following. This year alone we’ve had four to five complete hotel buy-outs from these type of entertainers.

What is your mantra/life quote?

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."

Favorite travel destination? 

Mexico would be my favorite travel destination. It has so much to offer and the culinary experience varies by destination. The people are kind and warm, and its holds such an enriching culture and history.

Describe a great night out for you. 

An ideal night out would involve good food and great music — especially going to watch a new and upcoming band.

What's next for your hotels? 

We are looking at new destinations and will be making announcements later this year.

http://www.hardrockhotels.com/destinations/All-Inclusive.aspx

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