PRESS RELEASE – 21c Museum Hotels has named Craig Pishotti Vice President of Hotel Operations. In this role, Pishotti will be responsible for maximizing the operational performance and profitability of all 21c Museum Hotel properties. Pishotti will also continue to oversee 21c Louisville as managing director, and will remain involved in all aspects of the business.
Pishotti joined the 21c team in 2010 as managing director of 21c Louisville. Under his leadership, the property has increased its revenue, outpaced the competitive set for growth in average daily rate and RevPAR and maintained top spots on both the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Poll and the Travel + Leisure Top 500. Since 2010, the corporate office in Louisville has tripled its staff, adding resources in the areas of finance, IT, legal, operations, design, brand marketing, and public relations. 21c Museum Hotels now employs 500 people across the three hotel properties, Garage Bar and the corporate office. 21c has opened hotels in Cincinnati, OH and Bentonville, AR. Projects have been announced in Durham, NC and Lexington, KY.
“Craig has shown exceptional leadership at 21c, and has played an integral role in our success. His ability to cultivate humor, respect, confidence and dedication has allowed those that work with him to thrive. He has built a culture of exceptional performance, which has greatly enhanced our ability to drive revenue as a company. We are thrilled to see Craig grow within the 21c Museum Hotels team,” said Steve Wilson, CEO and Co-Founder of 21c Museum Hotels.
Pishotti brings 20 years of hotel management, marketing, development and food and beverage experience to 21c Museum Hotels. He began his career with Renaissance Hotels & Resorts and has led operations and food and beverage for Omni Hotels, Marriott and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, Pishotti was the co-founder and CEO of GooseWing Hotels & Resorts, where he was in charge of developing and operating luxury boutique hotel properties on the east coast. Prior to that, he was the managing director at The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island which was named “one of the 15 best new luxury hotels in the world,” by Food & Wine magazine.
About 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotels was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who are committed to bringing works of art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that integrate contemporary art into daily life. These goals, coupled with their desire to participate in the revitalization of downtown Louisville led them to open the first property in 2006. The couple selected architect Deborah Berke to convert five 19th century warehouses into a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, award-winning restaurant Proof on Main, and cultural civic center in the heart of downtown Louisville. With the success of the Louisville property came opportunities for growth. 21c has opened hotels in Cincinnati, OH and Bentonville, AR and plans have been announced for properties in Durham, NC and Lexington, KY. Each 21c is unique in its site-specific art installations, architecture, design and restaurant. With a commitment to bringing works of art to the public that ignite the mind and fuel creativity, the museum exhibition space is integrated seamlessly throughout each property. There are opportunities to discover art around every corner of 21c: in the restaurant and bar, on the in-room Video Art Channel, in elevator lobbies, hallways, and even the public restrooms. 21c Museum presents a range of arts programming curated by Chief Curator and Director of Art Programming Alice Gray Stites, including thought-provoking solo and group exhibitions that reflect the global nature of art today, site-specific, commissioned installations as well as a variety of cultural programming. The museum is open free of charge to the public 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 21c museum has presented more than 75 exhibitions including Wild Card: The Art of Michael Combs, A Fifteen-Year Survey; Hybridity: The New Frontier; OFFSPRING: New Generations; Blue: Matter, Mood and Melancholy; Alter Ego: A Decade of Work by Anthony Goicolea; Ann Hamilton: Bookweights; Consuming Cultures: A Global View; Cuba Now; Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes; Creating Identity: Portraits Today; and All’s Fair in Art and War: Envisioning Conflict.
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