New York City just got a little more vibrant, thanks to the addition of an SLS Park Avenue opening later this year, and The Redbury New York taking over the Martha Washington Hotel. At the helm of these exciting developments is industry veteran Paul Sposare, as Area Director of Sales & Marketing, New York. Sposare has been in the luxury hotel world for over two decades – holding leadership roles at notable properties across the country including but not limited to Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, the Bardessono Napa Valley and the Arctic Club Hotel Seattle. Not only is Sposare experienced, but he is revered and respected in the hospitality world. It’s safe to say we are lucky to have him join our sbe family! Here, we asked him to dish on any quirky sbe stories so far, his favorite travel spots, and what makes NYC so great.
What do you love most about working in the hospitality industry?
The people. I have met the most amazing colleagues as well as clients who have turned into lifelong friends. The hospitality industry is ever changing and evolving – which I love. Change feeds my soul. But the constant in the hospitality business is that we are here to serve people and make their stay away from home as comfortable as possible. And hopefully throw in a few surprises to make them say “wow”!
Any funny stories from your time at The Redbury New York so far?
Yes. But you will have to come visit me in person to hear them.
When not at work, where can we find you?
When I am not at work, I am at home with my partner. We both have pretty crazy schedules during the week and both travel for our jobs. But we try to maintain the weekends as time at home with each other. After 23 years, you get the system down to a science.
Favorite destination to travel to?
That is a very tough question. I love to travel, period. My favorite destination is typically one with a beach. Last year my partner and I traveled to Da Nang in Central Vietnam. I think this is currently at the top of the list.
What do you love about New York City?
The energy of New York is like no other city. I enjoy the diversity of people and their directness. I think New Yorkers get a bad rap by the rest of the world. In reality, if you live in New York, you have to navigate your way each day with millions of other New Yorkers trying to get to where they need to be. New Yorkers tend to be a bit more vocal about telling someone who might be hindering their commute. Or you simply learn how to push your way through. New York is not for the faint of heart, but the city is magical and the people can be the most helpful and friendly you have ever encountered. Both The Redbury New York and the SLS Park Avenue will be such great additions to the city.