My core business beliefs

In today’s economic playing field ‘Agile Working’ and ‘Technology Driven Innovation’ are key drivers we cannot do without if we want to stay competitive in one’s respective market. I agree to this. Add these 4 core values into the equation and you can actually bring your goals to a success. Fundamentally secure them in your organisation.

Where can I contribute to your organisation

Do you see patterns of reoccurring discrepancy between predefined objectives and final execution of your internal change projects? And how often does short term damage control decision-making win over long term strategy? Unfortunately we see it many times. As a result organisations waste unnecessary time, money and resources and even more importantly fail to progress to their full potential. This ineffective cycle can be stopped and has always been a primary mission throughout my career. Let me help you make the right steps forward >

Interim Management Interim Management

Quick adaption to your internal culture and business ethics providing stability, objectivity and clear direction to your people and stakeholders. This, in combination with seniority, trust and confidence will go beyond what is normally possible to achieve with traditional recruitment. Interim Management grows 10-15% per annum, driven by some distinct underlying factors Increased focus on […]

Commercial blueprint validation Commercial blueprint validation

Help you to create strategic commercial focus and decide where to spend your value time on. As a rule of thumb, growth expectations are always more aggressive than is realistically achievable and human resources too limited. Sounds familiar? Commercial plans should not just be drawn up once a year during the budget season and after […]

Team scanning and advisory Team scanning and advisory

Focussed on your people – deep dive analysis and advisory reporting. Is there resistance to certain work practices and/or adaptiveness to change?  Do you feel individuals are not reaching their full potential and is there a lack of “going the extra mile” attitude with your team? Then I can help you turn this around. Break the […]

Change / Turnaround guidance Change / Turnaround guidance

For mid to high complexity level strategic projects in which you lack the internal competencies and/or resources to guarantee successful execution. Every assignment starts with a project definition and scope, followed by root cause analysis and improvement plan with measurable KPI’s. This is clear. But it should not stop with a stack of blue prints, […]

Personal sparringpartner Personal sparringpartner

One on One dialogues for actionable steps forward. Important questions or themes that need some clarification? This is the analyst and critical thinker in me and honestly, I believe it comes from my 42 years of personal and professional experience in which I have fallen hard, crawled up, maybe fallen again, and over time learned to […]

New market entry facilitation New market entry facilitation

Strategic advice for startups who want to enter the hospitality market Do you have an innovative new product or service and is the hospitality industry one of your key target groups but do you not know exactly how their business dynamics works?  Not a problem, I can help you close that gap and equip you […]

20 years of experience

To illustrate my broad commercial leadership profile, both in and outside the hospitality industry, I have highlighted some name worthy achievements within my roles over the past two decades.

Case Studies 2017

Case Studies 2017

In 2017 I  conducted several case studies on commercial growth strategy & recommendations.  These included a professional network organisation that was in need to improve member retention and further grow marketshare within the Dutch market. Another one was a renown catering company that wanted reposition itself back to where it once was swimming in a […]

Strategic Mediation – 2017

Strategic Mediation – 2017

For the Holland Yachting Group I conducted a strategic session with their Sales & Marketing team to find more alignment between the commercial developments of the association’s export program and related yearly financial contribution in relation  year over year member retention trends. https://www.hollandyachtinggroup.com            

Launch Commercial Powerhouse – 2013

Launch Commercial Powerhouse – 2013

This was my first direct assignment after joining NH Hotel Group in 2013. Project leader in the design and implementation of the corporate guidelines, for Meeting & Events sales for the company.   In a nutshell, moving from scattered decentralised and inconsistent independent offices to a fully centralised set up in key cities per business […]

International product launch – Croatia, 2012

International product launch – Croatia, 2012

The owners of OT Design, a Dutch interior design company with production facilities in Indonesia, voiced the ambition to enter the international hospitality market and ask me to join the organisation  to create the new commercial proposition and lead the business development team. In short, I made the strategic decision not to position ourselves an interior […]

Hotel repositioning – 2010

Hotel repositioning – 2010

In my position as hotel manager, from A-Z coordination of an extensive public area renovation including the design and roll out of a new F&B concept called “V” The challenge with these type of projects is ensure the predefined planning of construction works while keeping the hotel operational, minimising negative impact on the guest experience. Below […]

Olympics Hotel Contracting – London, 2010

Olympics Hotel Contracting – London, 2010

In 2010, London’s largest hotel to date with more than 1000 rooms, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge,  was under construction planned to be opened right before the 2012 Olympic games. Besides this monster of a hotel, the company also operated three other hotels on the North and Southbank within the city center, adding to a combined […]

Six Sigma certification – China, 2007

Six Sigma certification – China, 2007

During my years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts I became familiar with the change management through the principles of Six Sigma and Lean.  Growing interest in the methodology and its functional skills, I was involved in various operational improvement projects throughout the seven years with the company. In 2007 I achieved my Green Belt certification […]

Royal Conference Centre opening – Saudi Arabia, 2005

Royal Conference Centre opening – Saudi Arabia, 2005

How often do you get the chance to work inside a Royal Palace in the Middle East? Being part of the operational project team in charge of opening King Abdul Aziz Royal Conference Centre truly was a once in a lifetime work experience. Together with seven other members from the Dutch Starwood properties we were […]

Gerk was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1975 but spent most of his childhood abroad in the Middle East and South East Asia including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Always fascinated by new places and its spectacular hotels & resorts he decided to study hospitality management in Switzerland after which he started his career in the luxury segment in the United States.   Now, 20 years later, Gerk has worked in 4 continents, for 5 companies and in various strategic operational and commercial roles. In addition he has been involved in numerous change projects in multi-disciplinary settings. It has given him a solid foundation of hard and soft skills necessary to quickly adapt to new environments and work cultures in order to set direction and steer towards the desired business objectives at hand.

Contact

For more information: I Email: mail@gerkvanderpoll.com I Mob: +31(0)6 20619711