On June 2, 2014, Hilton Worldwide announced its newest brand “Curio” to the Hilton Family of Hotels. This move will increase Hilton Worldwide’s portfolio to eleven world-class brands. The Curio Collection was created for “travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences” (see official press release). Each hotel in the “Collection” will be carefully selected four to five-star hotels. The only thing this collection will have in common is how distinctly different each property will be.
The goal of the new brand is to provide Hilton a competitive advantage in the hospitality industry (competitors Marriott and Starwood) by offering guests a truly unique experience and allowing hotel owners to leverage Hilton’s scale, scope and expertise while maintaining the character of their property. Guests staying at Curio hotels will be able to earn and redeem points from the Hilton HHonors loyalty program.
Letters of intent have been signed by properties by SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; the Sam Houston Hotel in Houston; Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota; the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and an unnamed hotel development in Portland, Oregon.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, we honor those men and women who have bravely served in the Armed Forces. Please take a moment to remember the fallen and those who continue to serve.
The SBA, is committed to helping service men and women transition from military life to the business world by providing a full range of services for start-ups and existing ventures.
Financing for Veteran-Owned Businesses:
Small Business Assistance:
To see a full list of services, please visit the SBA.gov
The New CIO
Just finished up a two-day CIO conference (May 20 – 21) hosted by Premier Event Management and SIM Philadelphia Chapter, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in King of Prussia, PA This is the third time I have had the honor to represent BDPA Philadelphia on the advisory board for this world-class event.
The purpose of this event is to provide an environment in which CIOs and their direct reports can have candid conversations about the changes that impact technology, day to day operations, and leadership. One of the most dynamic of those changes is the role of the CIO and his/ her contribution to the C-suite.
In the past the technology departments were seen as cost centers; CIOs were tactical, responsible for managing data centers, focused on “speeds and feeds” of hardware and software that supported the business.
Today, the CIO is expected to be a business leader; demonstrate how IT can provide a competittive advantage, grow market share, drive innovation and differeniate their companies by strategically leveraging data. With this change comes more questions; about perceptions, values and ways CIOs can become true partners with other C-Level Executives.
Other topics focused on developing successful teams, how to protect corporate data in a BYOD era, and how manage successful cloud projects.
For an upcoming conference in your city, please visit PEM CIO .
On Wednesday May 21st, BDPA Philadelphia (nation’s most influential professional IT organization) will get a rare look inside SEPTA’s Command Center at 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19107
SEPTA’s Command Center, the first of its kind, opened ten years ago to to bring together all essential personnel and under one roof and on one floor to improve efficiency, safety and communications between departments with the goal to increase customer service.
As the nation’s fifth last mass transit system, SEPTA offers all modes of public transportation including bus, subway, trolley, light rail, commuter rail and paratransit services. The tour will provide attendees an opportunity to see first hand how SEPTA personnel manage day-to-day operations and emergencies. Continue reading
National Small Business Week (#sbw2014) began on Monday, May 12th. The purpose of National Small Business Week is to ensure entrepreneurs are aware of the services offered by the Small Business Administration.
Although the live kickoff was last Monday there are still plenty of opportunities to join the conversation. Today at 9am there will be a special live broadcast from New York with more events in San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston and Washington. You can follow live stream events at #sbw2014 stream.
Today, in Philadelphia, #BDPA and #NBMBAA in cooperation with The Business Center for Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise will host an Entrepreneur Summit: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise at 6pm at Cigna Philadelphia Offices.
On Friday 05.16.14, the SBA will announce the National Small Business of the Year at the nation’s capital. For more details about events and sponsors, please visit the Official SBA National Business Week website.