Rich Bennett, former VP of Supply & Design Services at Best Western International has joined Hotelure as the Chief Operating Officer. Niall Alli, the founder, Chairman and CEO welcomed Bennett as Hotelure seeks to increase its footprint in the domestic hotel landscape.
Hotelure is an international hospitality manufacturer and distributor. Established in 1994 as a small import/export company, Hotelure has since evolved into a powerful manufacturing force, including 8 factories and 14 sales and distribution hubs situated strategically in Asia, Europe, Australia and the USA. Through their many distributors, Hotelure ultimately serves 30,000+ hotels, as well as restaurant groups, airlines, hospitals, schools and many more around the globe.
Bennett began his career in operations as food & beverage director at several Ramada and Sheraton hotels owned by Prime Hospitality. That led to a 21 year career at Prime where he was responsible for Prime's purchasing efforts as well as energy and fleet management. During his tenure, Prime's purchasing group facilitated the construction of nearly 200 hotels and the periodic renovations at 230 hotels in Prime's portfolio. Bennett joined Best Western in 2000 as Managing Director of Best Western Supply. In 2003, he was named VP of Procurement and in 2005 VP of Supply & Design Services. In this role, he led the in–house design firm and the purchasing efforts of the Best Western brand through January of 2014. Under his leadership, Best Western Supply served North American hotels with one-stop shopping for all of their design, FF&E and operating requirements.