By Michael Adams, Hospitality Design magazine’s editorial director
The process of selecting the annual honorees for Platinum Circle—our Hall of Fame for industry heavyweights—is always a challenging and exciting task. So many deserving possibilities! We aim for diversity of interest, accomplishment, and influence, as well as the highest standards of quality.
This year, we have a striking gallery of hospitality leaders. And the honorees are:
- John Ceriale, Prospect Hotel Advisors and the Blackstone Group
- Chef Tom Colicchio
- Kit and Tim Kemp, Firmdale Hotels
- Visionary Award: Jeffrey Beers International
- Manny Steinfeld Award: Clodagh
John Ceriale, president and founder of Prospect Hotel Advisors as well as hotel consultant to the Blackstone Group, is a 45-year veteran of the hotel industry, with associations to Wyndham, the Savoy Group, Hilton, LXR Luxury Resorts, and others. His design collaborators include Alexandra Champalimaud, David Rockwell, David Collins, Jim Looney, and many others. He also serves on the Cornell School of Hotel Administration’s Dean’s Advisory Board, whose goal is to ensure that the school continues to meet the needs of the world’s largest industry.
Chef Tom Colicchio is internationally known for his first-class restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami, all with a reputation for fine food and brilliant design. As producer of reality competition show Top Chef, he has also been one of the great influencers in the restaurant industry, cultivating new talent and drawing the attention of millions of viewers to gourmet food.
Kit and Tim Kemp, a London-based husband and wife team (he as developer, she as designer) behind Firmdale Hotels have taken the boutique design model to new heights over the past 21 years, with eight stunning properties in London, and one (soon-to-be two) in New York. Each hotel is unique, and each has raised the bar for design excellence.
This year’s Visionary Award goes to Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), celebrating 30 years of creative excellence. Under the leadership of Jeffrey Beers, JBI has been celebrated for hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs in the U.S., Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America, and has collaborated with such notable figures as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, and Todd English; and hotel brands such as InterContinental, Jumeirah, Ritz-Carlton, and Four Seasons.
This year’s Manny Steinfeld Award, given to an industry figure who has demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian spirit goes to the designer Clodagh, who has dedicated endless hours and resources helping the Samburu tribe of Kenya, one of the poorest and most marginalized parts of the world. As a leader in the Thorntree Project, Clodagh has dedicated herself to education for the children from kindergarten through grade school, scholarships for high school and college, and support for post-school employment.
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on November 15th. It’s a black-tie festive dinner and always joyous. Tickets will be available soon. Hope to see you there!