Learn about our team of experts below.
Douglas G. Zeif
“Doug” Zeif, is the principal of Next! Hospitality Advisors who, among other duties, oversees Food & Beverage operations globally for the Blackstone Group-owned hotel assets. For the past eight years, Doug had been Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage/Asset Management Services for a portfolio company subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, which Doug joined in late 2004 to help develop and operate the LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels brand of hotels and resorts. During 2008 and 2009, Doug helped with the transformation and corporate relocation of Hilton Worldwide and set the stage for incomparable operating results.
Dr. Charles Fenner
Dr. Fenner specializes in improving communications in organizations, developing ethical climates in organizations, and helping business leaders improve their skills through discovering themselves and their leadership styles. Dr. Charles Fenner, a 20 year Army veteran, served as an administrative officer in several US embassies supervising multi-national staffs and coordinating bi-lateral military activities. Dr. Fenner was responsible for the logistical, hospitality and event planning of senior US government visits to the nations in which Dr. Fenner worked.
Mark Komine is an accomplished business leader with a 30-year history of leading complex enterprise and operating teams for Fortune 300 companies, start-ups, and single business units including Hilton Worldwide, The Blackstone Group, Fidelity Strategic Investments, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. As a head of sales, he has led as many as 2,300 employees. Since 1985, Mark has consistently delivered explosive growth by driving a distinct and innovative approach to leading sales transformation and peak-performing cultures by earning extraordinary customer and employee commitment. He tightly integrates strategic and tactical actions to outperform competitors in driving short-term target achievement, building sustainable premium growth, taking dominant market share, winning customer loyalty and increasing brand asset value.
Scott Engelman is the Principal of SEAdvisors LLC, a hospitality advisement company specializing in operational and strategic consulting for hotel and restaurant entities. Our services include a broad range of profit optimization, asset management and strategic positioning to individuals and companies in the hospitality industry. We encompass various facets of hotel and restaurant operations, while providing analysis, strategy and hands-on execution to achieve optimal profitability and exceptional experiences for customers, employees, clients and owners.