169 | Leading from the Front with Damian ten Bohmer


Damian ten Bohmer currently serves as IHG Senior Director of Commercial for the Middle East. He possesses a proven track-record of success in on-property, regional sales, marketing, brand management, digital marketing and channel management. Over the years, Damian has demonstrated the ability to build productive relationships with both internal and external partners, and create teams which are efficient, productive and inspired to over-achieve.

In This Episode, Damian Reveals …

  • His hospitality journey, where it all started for him, and what he does in his current role with IHG.
  • We talk about working in the Middle East, some of the challenges he’s faced, and what it’s like living in Dubai.
  • We talk about mentorship, and Damien reveals an important lesson he learn from a mentor years ago, that is still ingrained in him.
  • And we talk about teams, how to build a great one, and why you should lead from the front.

Resources & Links

  • 311 | Shelters From the Norm: Hotels used for hospitals and housing face unexpected problems

    A year ago, Darshan Patel, CEO of Hotel Investment Group in San Diego, California, was one of the first hoteliers in the U.S. to step up and offer properties to overwhelmed hospitals seeking places to care for COVID and non-COVID patients as well as vulnerable populations. As the crisis eases and Hotel Investment Group works to return the hotels to business, Patel is negotiating with local governments to pay for the wear and tear on the properties. Patel is not alone as many hoteliers are unexpectedly dealing with problems that state and local governments’ urgent decisions have created, including property damage, increased costs and eviction bans. This report is the second in a two-part series examining the pros and cons of opening hotels to alternative uses during the pandemic. It is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.

  • 310 | Hotels Convert to Housing: Federal COVID-19-relief funds fuel transactions

    Dhruv Patel, president of Ridgemont Hospitality, in October shared a bittersweet moment with his parents, Pravin and Sima Patel, when the family business sold the first motel that Pravin had built from the ground up more than 30 years ago. But they rest assured knowing it was the right decision because the 22-room property is being converted into affordable housing for military veterans at risk of homelessness. The transaction is among hundreds taking place across the U.S. as state and local governments work with non-profit agencies to create affordable housing solutions for vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Episode 310 Long Live Lodging reports on the financial and legal aspects of what it takes to convert a hotel into long-term housing. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.

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