Roland Moritz, president and co-founder of the R&R Hotel Group, 74, was laid to rest on Feb. 8. Moritz founded R&R Hospitality with Russ Dazzio in 1986. Below is the full text of Moritz's obituary from R&R HOspitalit:
Roland Moritz, 74, of Bel Air, Calif., has checked into the big hotel in the sky where everyone gets an automatic upgrade to the presidential suite, room service is always delivered under thirty minutes and every employee greets you with a big smile by your last name. Befittingly, his ashes were laid to rest on Feb. 8 in the tranquil waters off the coast of Catalina Island where he spent many enjoyable days overseeing operations of the Island’s top resort as president and co-founder of R&R Hotel Group. Roland was born in Munich, Germany on Dec. 14, 1939 and is survived by his loving wife Karin, son Stephan, daughter in law Jennifer and grandsons Max, Wyatt and granddaughter Serena.
Before immigrating to the United States in the mid 1960’s Roland gained experience internationally while working in several of Europe's most iconic restaurants and hotels. His career flourished after arriving in the U.S. as he moved rapidly up the ladder upon completing successful executive assignments with Marriott and ITT Sheraton. While area F&B director with ITT Sheraton he oversaw dozens of restaurants and helped launch the careers of numerous nationally acclaimed Chefs such as Roy Yamaguchi, founder of Roy’s Asian fusion restaurants and Gordon Drysdale of Wolfgang Puck fame. Not surprisingly, Roland is widely recognized as one of the creative influences that inspired the now familiar term, "California Cuisine."
In 1986 he teamed up with Russ Dazzio who he had worked with at ITT Sheraton to found R&R Hotel Group, where they established themselves as “savvy” distressed hotel operators. In 2006 opportunity knocked on R&R’s door to form a Joint Venture with the world’s preeminent timeshare consulting firm, Global Resorts. The merger resulted in company’s being reborn as R&R Global Hospitality. Before retiring in 2011, Roland was able to celebrate R&R Global/R&R Hotel Group’s 25th anniversary and the integral role he played in building a company portfolio of clients that blanketed 47 states and 34 countries and whose combined assets were valued at over $10 billion dollars.
Among the many honors Roland received include; the Los Angeles Restaurant Writer’s "Best New Restaurant of the Year Award", the National Restaurant Association’s "Best Menu Award", ITT Sheraton’s “Hotel of the Year Award” and R&R Hotel Group Employee’s voted him “The Gold Key - Best Boss”. He graduated from the Munich Hotel & Restaurant School and St. Peters College LCC, London, England and served with distinction in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam era.
Reflecting upon their 25 year plus business relationship, R&R Global Chairman Russ Dazzio remembered, “Roland was an anomaly in our industry. Truly a nice guy, honest and trustworthy as the day is long. Yet if things got tough he could stand his ground with the best of them. Regardless the classification of asset we were involved with at the time he maintained an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest possible results to our clients. It is uncommon to see someone give 110 percent every time they take the field… and why the hotel world will not see his likes pass our way again soon. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”