President and CEO
Ben Seidel brings over 30 years of experience in both the full and focused service hotel and convention center industries to Real Hospitality Group’s executive team. Mr. Seidel served the last 5 years at a mid-size Hospitality Management Company where he was instrumental in the company’s growth from 21 to over 60 hotels in under 5 years before leaving as its Chief Operating Officer. He has served the industry in various capacities throughout his tenure as Director of Sales, Director of Food and Beverage and General Manager in the Sheraton, Hilton, Radisson and Marriott systems throughout the northeast and midwest. Mr. Seidel joined Real Hospitality Group with over fifteen years of multi-unit responsibilities overseeing a portfolio of over $163 million in revenue and nearly $300 million in new property and destination development. A graduate of the West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Mr. Seidel served two terms as chairman of Sheraton’s International Franchise Council and was a charter member of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts Marketing Board of Directors. He also serves as President of Marriott’s Owners Council for the Aloft brand and is a Board member of the AHLA. Mr. Seidel has taught hospitality marketing and accounting management at the Central Connecticut State University’s school of hospitality, and is a current participant in the development of the School of Hospitality Management at the West Virginia University in Morgantown. He served as chapter treasurer for the Professional Convention Management Association and is a member of various hospitality boards and associations. He received his CHA, CHSP certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Educational Institute.