Geoffrey Allan Mills, Managing Director for Highgate Hotels in New York City.
Thirty-five years ago Geoffrey Allan Mills began his career in hospitably, originating in hotel restaurants. From there he moved onto catering, retail food, and fine dining operations before finding his way back into hotels. He has served as Managing Director/General Manager for most of his hotel endeavors, repositioning hotels for half of his career. After graduating from Ashland University with a B.S. in Business Administration, double majoring in both Hotel & Restaurant Management and Marking Management, with a minor in Nutrition and Food Management; he began his career working for ITT as the Food & Beverage Manager and Dining Room Captain for the Sheraton Centre Hotel NYC. Not long after he advanced to the Omni Hotel, working as the Food & Beverage Director, and later picked up the title Assistant General Manager. He also continued to advance his knowledge of the business by attending advanced hospitality programs at both Cornell University and NYU.
Today you can find Mr. Mills at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, humbly working as a Managing Director for Highgate Hotels. He has been with Highgate since 2005, and is very proud of the 17 hotels they run in New York City, employing more than 5,000 hotel service employees. Mr. Mills’ professional affiliations are numerous, including Chairman of the Board for the Hotel Association of New York City, where he has served on the Board since 2003, Chairman of the Venture Board in 2014 for the IHMRS (combined AH&LA, NYSHTA and HANYC owned Show), Chairman of the Board for the Food & Beverage Association of America since 1993, and a Board Trustee for NYHTC & HANYC on the Hotel Benefits Funds, Scholarship Funds & Pension Funds since 2005. He also serves on the Times Square Alliance Board, where he works to improve and promote Times Square, cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century, and serves as a Partner Council Business Advisor member for FEGS Health & Human Services, Workforce Development Service.
Through his philanthropic efforts he is the Trustee on the Greater New York Council – Eagle Scout Hall of Fame Committee, fundraising support for Scouting Summer Camp each year. In his free time he supports his local Boy Scout Troup, now as an Assistant Scoutmaster having served many various positions in Scouting for over 40 years.
During his various positions of leadership in the hospitality industry, Mr. Mills has never left the New York City market. He has worked in 18 different New York hotels, for both Branded and Independent Hotel operations. Mr. Mills currently resides currently in Weehawken, New Jersey with his wife Geraldine, with two children Gregory and Gabriella.