Ever wonder what the most powerful leaders, business execs and celebrities keep on their desks? Well, we’re about to tell you. Our biweekly “What’s on My Desk” feature will take a look inside the offices and at the desks of the world’s most influential power players.
This week we’ve featured the desk of Edward Mady, the General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel and West Coast Regional Director, USA for Dorchester Collection. Mady has worked with Dorchester Collection since June 2009, serving as General Manager of The New York Palace, the AAA Four- Diamond, 899-room hotel on Madison Avenue which was sold in 2011 to Northwood Investors, a highly-regarded private investment company.Prior to joining Dorchester Collection, Ed Mady spent two decades with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, serving most prominently as Vice President and Area General Manager overseeing five hotels in destinations like San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. He is the recipient of several honors, including the 2011 Hospitality Professional of the Year Award from the Food and Beverage Association. Here is a look at the items on Edward’s desk.
1. A 1996 championship New York Yankees ring given to me by my dear friend, Joe Torre. He had the ring personalized with my name and it means a great deal to me. Go Yankees!
2. I have been privileged to meet many notable people throughout my career and whenever possible, I enjoy documenting these moments. Meeting the Dalai Lama was a moment I will never forget, and this very special photograph is one of my favorites. He even signed a baseball for me.
3. I love dogs and this ceramic dog was given to me by a well-known Italian artist named Julien Marinetti (I added the bone).
4. The Beverly Hills Hotel is part of Dorchester Collection, as is Hotel Bel-Air which I also oversee. Our iconic hotels are landmarks of individuality located in Europe and the Americas, and I am extremely grateful to be associated with such a premier global brand.
5. As indicated, I love the Yankees and I have a large collection of autographed baseballs. A few of my favorites are Derek Jeter, Jimmy Fallon, Warren Beatty and Will Smith.
6. In a business like ours every General Manager needs a magic 8 Ball.
7. I have lived on and off in New York for over fifteen years and while 90210 may be the closest thing to heaven, I still love New York.
8. In 2012 The Beverly Hills Hotel was named the first historic landmark in Beverly Hills. We held a wonderful event for the community to mark this milestone occasion and celebrate the hotels storied heritage.
9. Since 1998, The Beverly Hills Hotel has earned our highest honors, the Forbes Five Star award and the AAA Five Diamond award. This is a testament to our entire team of service professionals who deliver the ultimate guest experience every day.