Standards Advisory Committee

Forbes Travel Guide enlists some of the brightest stars in the universe of hospitality and luxury brands to be sure our Star Rating standards reflect the most up-to-date guest expectations. The Standards Advisory Committee (SAC), formed in 2013, brings together experts in multiple luxury verticals from around the world to share their perspectives with Forbes Travel Guide. When we refine our Star Rating standards each year, we take their recommendations into account, keeping our perspective fresh and relevant to the discerning guest.

2018 - 2019
2016 - 2017
2014 - 2015
AlainAlpe
Alain Alpe

Restaurants
General Manager
Guy Savoy 
JohnAutelitano
John Autelitano

Asia Pacific
General Manager
The Darling at The Star Gold Coast 
OzerBalli
Ozer Balli

Other Luxury Brands
Vice President
Disney Cruise Line 
AnaBrant
Ana Brant

LUXURY HOTEL BRANDS
Director, Global Guest Experience & Innovation
Dorchester Collection 
MichaelConte
Michael Conte

Spas
Director, Spa
Meadowood 
JanetCrutchfield-Souter
Janet Crutchfield-Souter

THE AMERICAS - MEXICO, CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA
Vice President of Quality, Luxury Brands
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL 
FrancoisDelahaye
Francois Delahaye

Europe
Chief Operating Officer
Dorchester Collection & Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris 
PremDevadas
Prem Devadas

Independent Hotels
President
Salamander Hotels & Resorts 
JosannaGaither
Josanna Gaither

Other Luxury Brands
Education and Aesthetic Director
Natura Bissé International 
JeremyGoring
Jeremy Goring

Boutique Hotels & Inns
Chief Executive Officer
The Goring 
JohnGraham
John Graham

Boutique Hotels & Inns
Managing Partner
Twin Farms 
BrianGullbrants
Brian Gullbrants

Resorts
Executive Vice President & General Manager
Encore Boston Harbor 
SusanHarmsworth
Susan Harmsworth

Spas
Founder
ESPA International 
TulioHochkoeppler
Tulio Hochkoeppler

The Americas - South
Regional Vice President and General Manager
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires 
ChristianHommerich
Christian Hommerich

Urban Hotels
Hotel Manager
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York 
RajeshJhingon
Rajesh Jhingon

Asia Pacific
Senior Vice President of Resort Operations
Solaire Manila 
CaseyLavin
Casey Lavin

Resorts
General Manager
Montage Palmetto Bluff 
AnjaLuthje
Anja Luthje

LUXURY HOTEL BRANDS
Group Director of Rooms and Quality
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group 
RobMarks
Rob Marks

Other Luxury Brands
President USA
Les Clefs D’or 
ShannonMcCallum
Shannon McCallum

Gaming Hotels
Vice President Hotel Operations
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas 
NialeMcLoughlin
Niale McLoughlin

Asia Pacific
Vice President - Learning & Advancement
Wynn Macau 
SuzieMills
Suzie Mills

The Americas - North
Area Managing Director
Trump Hotels 
OfferNissenbaum
Offer Nissenbaum

Urban Hotels
Managing Director
Peninsula Beverly Hills 
GarethRoberts
Gareth Roberts

Asia Pacific
Group General Manager of Operations
Peninsula Hotels 
HaniRoustom
Hani Roustom

Independent Hotels
General Manager
The Hazelton 
PierreSiue
Pierre Siue

Restaurants
General Manager
Daniel 
ScottTaber
Scott Taber

The Americas - North
Senior Vice President, Rooms
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts 
MaxTappeiner
Max Tappeiner

Gaming Hotels
Vice President Hotel Operations
The Venetian & The Palazzo 
MarteinVan Wagenberg
Martein Van Wagenberg

The Americas - Mexico, Caribbean & Bermuda
General Manager
Le Guanahani 
GeoffreyZakarian
Geoffrey Zakarian

Restaurants
Restaurateur, Chef
Zakarian Hospitality