NEW YORK (June 16, 2015) – Dream Hotels, a Début Hotel Group brand, announces the appointment of Ayo Akinsete as general manager of the forthcoming Dream Hollywood with Dan Daley succeeding Akinsete as general manager of the renowned Dream Downtown.
As respected professionals in the hospitality industry, Akinsete and Daley will bring exceptional leadership and great skill and knowledge to each property, allowing the Dream brand to continue delivering unprecedented service and programing to guests.
“We pride ourselves on promoting strong leaders within our hotel family,” said Michael Lindenbaum, vice president of operations at Hampshire Hotels Management. “Ayo and Dan are gifted managers in the luxury hospitality industry and we look forward to maximizing their knowledge as we grow the Dream Hotels brand.”
Ayo Akinsete, General Manager of Dream Hollywood
Previously the general manager of Dream Downtown, Akinsete will bring powerful leadership, invaluable hotel operations know-how and the Dream culture to the company’s new property in Los Angeles. As the general manager overseeing the debut of the brand’s first West Coast property set to open early next year, he will be paramount in supporting the day-to-day management of hotel operations.
Akinsete holds an impressive track record for success, a skill set he intends to bring to his new position at Dream Hollywood. Overseeing $70 million in hotel operations at the 315-room Dream Downtown, Ayo triumphantly improved the property’s ratings and reduced staff turnover by 30 percent within one year.
In addition to his tenure at Dream Downtown, Akinsete held positions at multiple properties. He was operating, supplies and equipment manager and then manager in training at the Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York, as well as hotel manager at SLS Hotel South Beach in Miami, where he received extensive training and honed his management leadership skills.
Akinsete earned a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality, retail, and sports management from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.; and a Master of Science in hotel administration from University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Dan Daley, General Manager of Dream Downtown
A hospitality professional with a track record of operational successes, Daley will serve as general manager of the prominent Dream Downtown, responsible for overseeing all operational and financial aspects of the hotel to promote growth and assure optimum performance. He assumes this role following his shift as director of operations for Hampshire Hotels Management.
Daley began his career in food and beverage working as a manager for Gerber Group’s Stone Rose Lounge, before being promoted to director of nightlife. Following his time at Stone Rose, Dan was appointed general manager of TAO Strategic Group’s LAVO Restaurant and Nightclub. He joined Hampshire Hotels Management in August 2014.
Daley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in International Affairs from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.