Prince A. Sanders is an experienced professional in the hospitality industry. Currently he serves as the managing director of the Park Lane Hotel in New York City. With a passion for providing all guests with the best service possible, Prince knows that "Guest feelings are a fact". In 2010, he received the 2010 Leader of the Year Award for his work at The Ritz Carlton, and has hands-on experience with the Edition Hotel brand - Marriott's lifestyle brand, which led him across the world to open three properties in Hawaii, Istanbul, and London.
He isn't what you would expect from someone in the hospitality industry as he is a former ballet dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. After an unexpected injury, he was no longer able to pursue this this career. Later Prince made the decision to accept a new challenge and accept a role as the Front Office Manager at the W Hotel. It was here where he quickly learned how to be a leader.
Because of his success and undeniable charm, Prince was asked to help create training manuals for the Edition Hotel brand, Marriott’s new lifestyle brand in partnership with Ian Schrager. After working on the conception of the brand, Prince opened the first three properties in Hawaii, Istanbul, and London. From there, Prince moved into the role of Hotel Manager at Trump International Hotel & Tower, which would eventually lead him to a position as the GM.
In his new role at Park Lane Hotel, Prince and his team will work on a multi-million dollar renovation in 2020. All rooms and public spaces will be completely re-worked, propelling the hotel back to one of the most unique & iconic properties in NYC. For Prince, what really matters is making a connection with the guests. “It’s all about tapping into someone’s experience and making them feel special. It’s about a great performance – a smile, a helping hand, and a great first impression – bring that energy every day to everyone.”
Prince A. Sanders, though thrilled with his accomplishments, wasn’t quite satisfied with the legacy he would leave behind. He wanted to create something that would last for generations to come. When Prince was a dancer, he had mere minutes to create a meaningful moment and, now as a General Manager in hospitality, he may have only a few short days with the guests.
As a result of these ponderings, Prince began to express his feelings through writing. Passionate about shaping young lives, he decided to create a book based on his childhood experiences. Through this, The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Prince was born. With this series, his mission is to educate kids on important life lessons through positive and uplifting messages loosely based on his childhood adventures with his friends and family. His first book, “Which Fork’s First?” tells the story of his first night at a fancy dinner with his parents and it helps teach children about table manners and dinner-table etiquette.
In a recent article by Forbes he was named "Prince of the city": www.forbes.com/sites/debbikickham/2019/02/20/prince-of-the-city-hes-the-secret-weapon-at-nys-trump-international-hotel-and-tower/#73f71a275e26
I'd love to connect with others in the travel and hospitality industries.
I was a Front Office Manager at W Hotels in Chicago's city center. Directed a 63-person staff, including ten managers and one assistant director.
I'd love to learn more about becoming a better leader in my industry.
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