Hospitality Professional of the Year: DANIEL R. FLANNERY
Dan entered the hospitality industry in 1981, opening a suburban Maryland Marriott hotel as a waiter in one restaurant and a busboy in another to earn his college tuition. While attending the University of Maryland, Dan decided to make a career out of the hotel business and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1986 and remained with Marriott in Food and Beverage management positions over the next eleven years in Maryland, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and New York City. He became Hotel Manager at the Marriott Financial Center Hotel in 1997, was promoted to Area General Manager for the RIHGA Royal Hotel in 2001. In 2002, Dan joined The Ritz-Carlton organization as General Manager of the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park and shortly thereafter became Area General Manager for both the Battery Park and Central Park hotels.
Over his career, Dan helped to develop some of Marriott’s most successful concept restaurants. In 1998, he partnered with celebrity-Chef, Roy Yamaguchi, to open the highly acclaimed Roy’s New York at the Marriott Financial Center and in 2003, opened a French-American Steakhouse, 2 West, with French Master Chef, Jacques Sorci, at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.
Dan has served on most of Marriott’s Food and Beverage Advisory Councils and Committees, and created the basis of the company’s current wine program while at the Desert Springs Resort. Dan currently serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Smith Business School at the University of Maryland and coaches youth basketball in Verona, New Jersey, where he resides with his wife of seventeen years, Jessica, and his children, Ryan, Katie and Lauren.