Robert Hill | Embark 2015

Robert Hill

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Robert Hill

General Manager

Robert B. Hill has been General Manager at the InterContinental Miami® since September 2009, and has over 25 years of luxury hotel management experience working with the InterContinental brand.

Hill spearheads a hotel staff of over 550 at the InterContinental Miami, a hotel which has a 30-year reputation within the South Florida community as, and continues to be a socially entrepreneurial organization, involved in many of the region’s civic and social causes. The hotel’s most significant charitable event, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball which is held every year in the fall, is celebrating its 21th anniversary this November, and has raised in excess of $16.8 million.

Most recently, in 2014, the InterContinental Miami joined forces with the New American Workforce (NAW) where Hill serves on the National Immigration Forum (NIF) Advisory Board, which includes former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush Jr.; President of Miami Dade Community College, Dr. Eduardo Padron; and former Miami-Dade County Mayor, Manny Diaz. As an immigrant having gone through the process himself, Hill fully supports the NAW initiative to alleviate the daunting experience of those looking for the opportunity to become citizens and live the American Dream. This service is offered to all colleagues at the InterContinental Miami. Since its inception, 50 colleagues have participated, 14 have obtained their citizenship and six colleagues are currently receiving assistance from the NAW with hopes of becoming American citizens. These colleagues have noted that the hotel’s full support was the final encouragement for them to begin the process.

In 2012, Hill coordinated a $30 million renovation which included all guestrooms and corridors, including two Presidential Suites designed by Venus Williams’ design firm V*Starr as well as the addition of Toro Toro Miami, a Pan Latin restaurant and lounge in partnership with Chef Richard Sandoval; and finally a Digital Arts Program, an infusion of technology and arts through the installation of multiple digital canvases on the exterior and interior of the hotel. “Miami is an international city with high style that is artistic, urban, and fresh. We pushed the envelope and made a bold statement with a new Miami skyline that captures the pulse of our great global city,” says Hill. “The Digital Arts Program is an integral component of Miami’s creative industries, fostering and promoting the artistic and cultural assets of the community. We believe the evolution of technology is not meant to isolate, but rather to enhance creativity, innovation, collaboration and social interaction.”

Between 1996 and 1999, Hill held the position of Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the InterContinental Miami. Prior to his return to Miami in 2009, he held the position of General Manager at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin in Austin, Texas. He also served as Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Chicago and Executive Assistant Manager at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. He has also held positions at the InterContinental properties in Maui and London.

Hill is a native of Limerick, Ireland and a graduate of the prestigious Shannon College of Hotel Management. He also holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Limerick and lives in Miami with his wife, Breda and two sons.

Sessions

October 27, 2015
Anatomy of the Immigration Movement

16:00  -  17:30