Allow me to introduce myself

It’s with great honor and joy that I write to you as the new editor-in-chief of Hotel Management magazine. While this is a new position for me, I am not new to the magazine. In fact, for the past several years, I’ve been the managing editor, so you’ve no doubt seen my byline and read—hopefully enjoyed!—the stories I’ve written, from executive profiles to industry trend pieces.

My career in hospitality journalism has been quite an interesting ride—or shall we say turn of events. Like many in their younger years, who don’t know what their calling will be, I didn’t dream of writing about hotels. Once my athletic prowess began to ebb, and the realization that I, in fact, wouldn’t succeed Cal Ripken at shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles, I decided I needed to turn my attention to other pursuits.

Well, living in New York takes guts and, more importantly, money. So I did what everyone does when they are in that position: I became a legal assistant (aka paralegal) at a prominent Manhattan law firm. Quickly I understood the reason legal assistants make good money: the work is tedious and boring.

I had to rethink this.

I liked sports. I knew that. And I liked to write. Hey, maybe I could be a sportswriter! I quit my job at the big law firm, did a bunch of legwork and through persistence was able to secure a low-level position with The Associated Press, working on its sports desk at its New York headquarters on 33rd Street and 10th Avenue. The job was basically any kid’s dream: set up what was called agate (box scores), watch baseball games and act as a go-between for the onsite game writers and the editors in New York.

I performed menial tasks well and parlayed that into actually covering a New York Knicks game—the finished story you’d have read online or in any newspaper that ran AP content. It was December 26, 2005.

The AP work was seasonal, so as the calendar turned I found myself out of a job. But now I had writing experience, and quickly found a position with a hospitality trade magazine called Business Travel News. Now, I always did love hotels, oddly—and you can ask my mom—because it was the one place that you could have access to unlimited linens. You just can’t have enough towels!

That was my entrée into writing about the hotel industry, and some nine years later I’m still doing it—and now for a magazine that has been around since the 19th century.

The industry has changed just a tad since then, and I’m here to say so has Hotel Management. We continue to bring you the most important developments and trends that affect your business—and we are doing it digitally as much as we are still doing it through print. Our daily e-newsletters cover an array of topics from technology to transactions, while our webinars allow an audience to hear from experts on such topics as distribution and social media. Expect more in 2015.

We’ve also added some new departments. Included in this issue is an F&B section (page 40), where we include trends and tips on how to make your F&B work. On page 44 you’ll find a section devoted to young people in the industry—an extension of our highly successful HMYP, or Hotel Management Young Professionals.

The point being that, in 2015, we will look to give you even more information pertinent to your business and packaged in a way that makes sense for you. With that, I implore you to reach out to me with ideas for stories and content. Please email me at [email protected], or tweet at me at DavidEisen3. I look forward to hearing from you all.

While I never did make it to the big leagues, my latest gig isn’t any backup!