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Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry

Leave it to hotel consultant and prolific writer Stan Turkel to explore the careers of sixteen of the most outstanding leaders and innovators in the hotel industry. Such books are rare. In Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry, Turkel uncovers remarkable insights into these pioneers, whom not only built well-known mega-hotel icons of Americana but in some cases also helped build the very infrastructure of this country. At the very least, these are movers and shakers that make things happen, from racer Carl Fisher to flamboyant Conrad Hilton to franchisee Marriott with his midas touch.

A number of these great hotel leaders started out as franchisees. Others learned to franchise.

Turkel looks at these tycoons and the leadership that helped bring them to the top of their profession. In Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton chain, Turkel also reveals three blunders that the hotel founder wished he had never made. It's a recommended read for franchisee, franchisor, businessman and most especially, hotel professional.

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