Marcel Brekelmans

Marcel Brekelmans

General Manager at HIM4Hotels
Lives in Barcelona, Spain
over 6 months ago

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Over the last 2,5 years I have completed 2 major interim projects being;

Hotel 2Fevrier, Lomé, Togo as the Interim General Manager in charge of the transition from a privately owned Hotel (Ex Radisson Blu) into an International group managed property (the reflagging exercise).

In this role, I was responsible for both the day to day operation of this large (325 units) business Hotel in West Africa, with mix business use of Rooms, Suites and 64 Apartments as well as smoothening the path for an as seamless as possible transition into a 5* branded product.

After the initial Interim role, I have returned to Lome for an additional 3 months taskforce assignment hosting 27 Heads of State for the ECOWAS summit and in addition I have appointed and installed an entire new Management Team to lead this exceptional product to the next level of service delivery and profitability.

Prior to that, I was the General Manager (A.I) for an All Inclusive Resort and large Scuba dive operation in the Caribbean (catering for the North American, Canadian and European market)

I am currently looking for the next challenge (General Manager level) to put my teeth and energy in. (I am Fit, Active and Energetic, non-drinker/cigarette smoker combined with daily workouts and healthy diets)

In recent years, I have enjoyed assisting Hotel owners to achieve their financial and operational objectives, whilst continuously developing my own skill set.
In addition, I have held the Owners Representative position; this role helped me to better understand the various thought processes of my employers on ROI, Asset Management, (local) political situation and their role in the community.

I have proven to be successful in doing interim/project and turn around management but this time around I would like to commit myself for a longer period of time.

My interim assignments over the last 10+ years have brought me to remote and challenging destinations (various parts of Africa and the Caribbean Islands) and I believe to perform best under challenging circumstances and off the beaten path destinations.

During my tenure in Africa, I catered for various Royalty, Heads of State and other Dignitaries and feel very comfortable in the role of host and organizer.

Some of my strengths are;

- Adaptive to new environments and cultures
- Fair to excellent command of English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch
- Hands-on and leading from the front, visible and available to all parties involved
- Dedicated to succeed
- All-rounder with F&B as specialization
- Revenue & result driven
- Solution seeker
- Innovative
- Entrepreneurial

Experience

  • HIM 4 Hotels as owners representative

    Hotel2Fevrier - Barcelona, Spain

    Administration & General
    March 2018 - Now · 11 months

    Started as the interim GM of Hotel 2 Fevrier and currently the owners representative for this Hotel and in addition responsible for the growth of their Hospitality portfolio.

  • General Manager

    HIM4Hotels - Barcelona, Spain

    Administration & General
    January 2007 - Now · 12 years and 1 month

    In recent years via HIM4Hotel , I have enjoyed assisting Hotel owners to achieve their financial and operational objectives, whilst continuously developing my own skill set. In addition, I have held the Owners Representative position; this role helped me to better understand the various thought processes of my employers on ROI, Asset Management, (local) political situation and their role in the community. I have proven to be successful in doing interim/project and turn around management but this time around I would like to commit myself for a longer period of time. My interim assignments over the last 10+ years have brought me to remote and challenging destinations (various parts of Africa and the Caribbean Islands) and I believe to perform best under challenging circumstances and off the beaten path destinations. During my tenure in Africa, I catered for various Royalty, Heads of State and other Dignitaries and feel very comfortable in the role of host and organizer. Some of my strengths are; - Adaptive to new environments and cultures - Fair to excellent command of English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch

Education

  • hotelschool - Wageningen, Netherlands

    August 1982 - May 1986

Languages

  • English
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • Dutch
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • French
    Professional working
    60%
  • Spanish
    Professional working
    60%
  • German
    Professional working
    60%

Skills

  • business hotel experience
  • chain affiliated hotel experience
  • Interim Management
  • Leisure
  • Pre opening experience
  • privately owned hotels experience
  • remote location experience
  • turn around manager
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