Shaping Luxury Hospitality

Podcast episode with Arnaud Zannier Episode Summary: In this engaging episode of The Unfamiliar Shift, Ariela Kiradjian dives deep into the world of boutique hospitality with the illustrious Arnaud Zannier, the Founder of Zannier Hotels. Known for their unique luxury hotel experiences worldwide, from Cambodia to Namibia, Zannier Hotels stand out with their emphasis on […]

Embracing Sustainable Luxury and Wellness in Hospitality

Podcast episode with Charlotte Gomez de Orozco Episode Summary: In this enlightening first episode of season two, Charlotte Gomez de Orozco, the visionary founder of HOY Hotel Paris, delves into the intricate blend of sustainable luxury and wellness that defines her hotel’s ethos. She also unpacks the unique yoga-centric hotel concept thriving in the heart […]

The Brand Experience with James Bermingham

Season 1, Episode 8 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: James Bermingham is responsible for delivering Virgin Hotels’ global growth, operational excellence, multi-award-winning customer experience, and unique culture.  But where did he get his start? Well, James began his career in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, followed by ten years in London, England, including […]

Authentic Attention to Detail with Kevin O’Shea

Season 1, Episode 7 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Kevin O’Shea is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Salt Hotels. After graduating from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, Kevin pursued a career in the corporate hotel design world. From working with Starwood Hotels and Resorts to Morgans Hotel Group, he […]

Revitalizing Architectural Gems with Carolyn Schneider

Season 1, Episode 6 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Carolyn grew up in sunny Los Angeles and graduated from New York University. After working in New York City nightlife and restaurants, it was not long before she fell in love with hotels and started managing Events at Ace Hotel New York. From there, […]

The Art of Hospitality with Katherine Lo

Season 1, Episode 5 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Born in Hong Kong, Kat Lo is a next-generation leader, driven by her moral compass and committed to reimagining the future of hospitality for the betterment of the people and the planet. In 2011, Kat joined her family business in hospitality, and just a […]

Simple Pleasures with Sarah Sklash

Season 1, Episode 4 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Sarah Sklash is a passionate Motelier and Co-Founder of The June Motel. You may recognize Sarah as half of the iconic duo who starred in Motel Makeover, a Netflix series that followed their renovation of The June Sauble Beach. Through light-hearted and sincere episodes, […]

Affordable Luxury with Ernest Lee

Season 1, Episode 3 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Based in New York City, Ernest Lee has an extensive range of business experience in investments, real estate, finance, strategy, and even operations. It’s safe to say, in the bustling “City That Never Sleeps”, he is truly doing it all. As the Chief Growth […]

Authenticity and Culture with Brian

Season 1, Episode 2 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Brian began his career with Ritz-Carlton but quickly transitioned into boutique lifestyle hotels as a manager with The James brand in Miami. After launching the re-branded James Royal Palm property, Brian then made his way to New York to manage The James Hotel in […]

Do All The Good That You Can with Raul Leal

Season 1, Episode 1 of “The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela” Overview: Raul Leal, CEO of SH Hotels & Resorts, is a seasoned professional in the boutique hospitality industry who understands and embodies the boutique lifestyle to a T.  Forward-thinking and self-driven, Raul is an influential executive with a successful track record of creating powerful brands […]