In January 2020 Cycas Hospitality’s Director of Accommodations & Serviced Apartments, Philip Steiner, became the first-ever winner of HSMAI Europe’s Young Talent of the Year Award.
The new award goes to the individual under 30 that demonstrates a complete understanding of hotel operations, plus the ability to build cross-functional relationships at a young age. Cycas was therefore especially delighted that two additional members of its off-property team (Gustav Tuvesson, Director of Finance for Hotel Operations, and Nicole Perreten, Feasibility & Development Manager) were both also shortlisted for the industry accolade.
Wayne Androliakos, Cycas Hospitality’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Since joining Cycas at the end of 2018 Philip has been instrumental in helping put new systems in place to really support the company’s incredible expansion across Europe and drive our Cycas values throughout the business, so this award is incredibly well deserved.
“With a can-do attitude and tremendous aptitude for identifying new ways to continually improve procedures, Philip has played a key role in supporting the onboarding of our four new hotels over the last year, including three extended-stay properties. What’s more, his hands-on approach as a Regional General Manager for Quest Liverpool City Centre, ensured that the aparthotel became the city’s no. 1 hotel on TripAdvisor within just a few months of opening, as well as Quest’s best hotel globally in terms of guest experience, so we couldn’t be prouder.”
‘Master of all trades’ at 30
Describing why Philip was selected as the winner from a field of extremely talented hospitality candidates, the experienced jury of industry experts explained:
“The winner of the Young Talent Award has, at an early stage in his career acquired a complete understanding of hotel operations but also works closely with finance, commercial, development and most importantly with the people and culture function of his company.
“This gentleman transformed food safety standards and processes for his company, becoming number one in the U.K. and Europe. He fought for in-sourcing bringing valuable talents back to the company, helped drive his company values into the business, facilitated a leadership program and successfully mentored one of his colleagues. This “master of all trades” at 30 deserved an extra recognition.”
Philip (second right) is pictured receiving his award at the HSMAI Europe Awards, held on 28 January at The Savoy in London, alongside judges Remy Merckx (VP Global Digital, Radisson Hotel Group), Valerie de Corte (Global Alliance & Partnership Director, EHL) and Gil Mulders (founder of The Talent Network & Chair of HSMAI Europe People & Culture Advisory Board).