This second round table discussion will provide a multi level of sharing of information, experiences and knowledge between players from all disciplines of the industry. Inviting Mr. Gerlof Menkveld will offer all leading professionals in the hospitality industry, an opportunity to learn from his worldwide experience and interact with Mr. Menkveld based on our own experiences in the Gulf Region.
Gerlof Menkveld, currently managing Director of Hospitality Circle Group EMEA, is servicing the international Hospitality industry with 4 labels:
• Interior Consult – design and built of hotels, offices and leisure outlets.
• Hotel Supply – Trade company of hotel equipment.
• Hotel Tech – maintenance and construction works.
• Hotel purchase – purchasing consultancy & esolutions.
Before joining the Hospitality Circle Group, Gerlof Menkveld was Director of Purchasing and Logistics of Golden Tulip Hotels International for more then 12 years. In this position he established the international contract management portfolio worth €45m,– annually, excluded the numerous hotel openings he managed in more then 20 countries.
As a strong believer of supply chain management and long term partnerships, Gerlof developed various procedures in quality assurance, corporate responsibility and performance management which he will share with the members of the Foodservice Network Gulf.
Gerlof was educated on hotel schools in Europe and the USA and got his degree in purchasing management.
This round table is the second out of a series of five round tables on subjects relevant to the industry today and supported by the advisory board of the Foodservice Network Gulf. The first round table organized on the subject of “The Importance of Strategic Alliances throughout the Hospitality Value Chain” on October 30, 2008 – provided the audience and the speakers an opportunity to share best practices and discuss amongst 25 captains of industry, determined to bring the industry to the next level.
Servee Palmans, Regional Director of Six Sigma and Operational Innovation, Starwood Hotels Middle East, Advisory Board Member of the Foodservice Network Gulf, says:
“I am excited to be able to meet through the Foodservice Network Gulf the strategical decision makers of my suppliers and service providers in a non-commercial setting, focusing on optimizing the entire value chain, leading to reduced complexity and ultimately better control of our hotel chain’s internal operational costs.”
Various decision makers from companies from all links of the hospitality chain, form the advisory board of the Foodservice Network Gulf: JohnsonDiversey Gulf, Unilever Foodsolutions, HorecaTrade, Küppersbusch, Sirocco, Symrise Ingredients, Dubai Municipality, Emirates Flight Catering and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
The Foodservice Network started in the Netherlands in 2002 and has rapidly expanded to a network of more than 110 organisations specialized in various areas in the foodservice supply chain. Together with various leading organizations in the Gulf, we agreed that a multi level, multi disciplinary sharing of information, experiences, knowledge and forecasted requirements between players from all disciplines is required to develop the industry. The result for the Food & Hospitality Industry will be that new insights can be developed and joint-projects could be implemented. Similarly successful strategies can be captured, secured or re-shaped.
These factors and the support of many leading organisations have prompted the initiation of the Foodservice Network Gulf, based in Dubai Knowledge Village in 2007.
In the first instance, the Foodservice Network Gulf aims to be of benefit to executives. It is meant for people with national and international responsibilities who work for leading international organisations in the hospitality sector; executives who consider it important to informally broaden their horizons at the highest level, to share experiences, to create partnerships within the Hospitality Industry in the Gulf and to develop their business and professional networks.
Foodservice Network Gulf is open to both suppliers, manufacturers as operators. This satisfies the requirement within the foodservice market to develop contacts with existing and potential business partners and exchange views on developments within the sector.
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