BOSTON - Officials of Pyramid Hotel Group, a worldwide, leading hotel management company, announced the company has named Brian Berry executive vice-president of commercial strategy and Peter Karpinski executive vice-president of operations, independent & lifestyle hotels. The two add bench strength as the company sharpens its focus on data analytics and further solidifies its expertise in independent & lifestyle hotels with the addition of a dedicated specialist.
“While Pyramid was proficient in both of these disciplines previously, Brian and Peter are thought leaders who immediately enhance our team,” said Eric Habermann, chief operating officer, Pyramid Hotel Group. “Moving forward, Brian will reinforce our data analytics capabilities and the ability to sift through massive amounts of information to find insights that will allow Pyramid to outperform its competitors. Peter brings with him remarkable hospitality expertise, branding and F&B and adds great depth to our on-going expansion in the independent and lifestyle segments.”
In his new role, Berry will oversee Pyramid’s sales, marketing, revenue management and e-commerce disciplines. A thirty-year hospitality veteran, he also will be responsible for developing platforms and resources to allow Pyramid to drive greater revenue share more nimbly and ably than its competitors, acting or proactively pivoting as the market and situation demands. Prior to his new role, Berry was senior vice-president of global revenue management for Hyatt Hotels where he oversaw the performance of the brand’s 900 managed, franchised and owned hotels, resorts, residential and ownership properties in 57 countries over six continents. Previously, he held similar positions as senior vice-president of sales & data analytics with Cvent, Inc., and senior vice-president of global revenue management at Host Hotels & Resorts. Berry received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business’ School of Hotel Administration and his Master of Science in real estate from John Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business.
“A company that is willing to self-invest to attract talent and commit to growth in the middle of a pandemic speaks volumes about just how certain and committed they are to being a top competitor in the industry,” Berry said. “Part of Pyramid’s overall plan is to take an industry-leading approach towards creating platforms that utilize big data proactively to create value for owners, which was appealing to me personally. The company has a stellar reputation, but somehow remains one of the best kept secrets in the industry. I look forward to helping expand Pyramid’s visibility by highlighting the company’s invaluable features and expertise.”
As executive vice-president of operations, independent & lifestyle hotels, Karpinski will lead the company’s growth and execution in the segment. He also will lead Pyramid’s overall F&B strategy as well as the exclusive management relationship with UMusic Hotels, the recently announced global collection of music-based, experiential hotel properties owned by a joint venture comprised of Universal Music Group (UMG) and Dakia U-Ventures. Karpinski is perhaps best well-known professionally for his tenure as partner/officer/executive committee member at Sage Hospitality Group, where he co-founded Sage Restaurant Group, as well as helped lead and evolve the enterprise through transformative and evolutionary growth for more than a decade. He also co-founded ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants, a privately held hotel and restaurant brand development, ownership and management company, which he led from inception through successful disposition. During his more than two decades in the hospitality industry, he has held numerous operational and F&B positions with such companies as Four Seasons Hotels, Caesar’s Palace and Star Restaurant Organization. Karpinski earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business’ School of Hotel Administration and his Master of Public Administration (EMPA) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
“Having known several members of the senior leadership team for some time, I have great respect for their values and infrastructure they’ve already built,” Karpinski said. “With its strong balance sheet and management platform, Pyramid is poised to grow considerably as we come out of the pandemic. I look forward to helping influence and shape the company’s vision, culture, leadership style, succession planning and overall organizational strategy as we strive towards becoming the best hotel operator in North America and eventually the world.”