ISHC Young Leader Award Goes To Theo Bortoluzzi

The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) in partnership with the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF) presented the prestigious ISHC Young Leader Award to Theo Bortoluzzi, the youngest member of the Kerten Hospitality team.

Theo has grown from Intern to Business Development Manager in just two short years. Based in Barcelona, Theo was instrumental in the signing of Kerten Hospitality’s first deal in Europe and is currently spearheading projects that help support the development of more sustainable properties. Theo has been recognized as a 30 Under 30 by Hotelier Middle East.

ISHC’s CEO Andrea Belfanti commented, “Very few people have advanced in their career as quickly as Theo. He has a passion for hospitality, and we need young, talented leaders in our industry who are in it for the long haul. Now more than ever it is important to recognize young talent in our industry and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so with our partners at IHIF.”

“I was delighted to present Theo Bortoluzzi with this year’s ISHC Young Leader Award. He epitomizes everything the award celebrates and his talent, passion and leadership will take him and the hospitality industry, of which he is already impacting at such a young age, far. I wish Theo every success and hope to see him on the IHIF stage in the not-too-distant future,” commented Alexi Khajavi, Group President, Travel and Hospitality, Questex.

During IHIF plenary session, Theo was interviewed by Russell Kett, Chair of the HVS London office along with the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, David Kong, former CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts. During the interview, Theo credited inspiring leaders including Kerten Hospitality’s CEO Marloes Knippenberg who empowered him to learn by doing.

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