Standards Advisory Committee
Forbes Travel Guide enlists some of the brightest stars in the hospitality universe to be sure our Star Rating standards reflect the most up-to-date guest expectations. The Standards Advisory Committee (SAC), formed in 2014, brings together hotel, restaurant and spa experts 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 luxury guest.
2016 - 2017
2014 - 2015
JamesBermingham
James Bermingham

HOTELS - RESORTS
Executive Vice President, Operations
Montage Hotels & Resorts 
WilliamBradley
William Bradley

RESTAURANTS
Director and Executive Chef
Addison Restaurant 
AnaBrant
Ana Brant

LUXURY HOTEL BRANDS
Director, Global Guest Experience & Innovation
Dorchester Collection 
TraceyChappell
Tracey Chappell

SPAS
Senior Vice President – Global Spa Solutions
ESPA 
GraemeDavis
Graeme Davis

THE AMERICAS - MEXICO, CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA
President
Baha Mar 
FrancoisDelahaye
Francois Delahaye

EMEA - EUROPE
Chief Operating Officer
Dorchester Collection & Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris 
PremDevadas
Prem Devadas

HOTELS - INDEPENDENT
President
Salamander Hospitality 
JeremyGoring
Jeremy Goring

HOTELS - BOUTIQUE HOTELS & INNS
Chief Executive Officer
The Goring 
JohnGraham
John Graham

HOTELS - BOUTIQUE HOTELS & INNS
Managing Partner
Twin Farms Management Company 
BrianGullbrants
Brian Gullbrants

HOTELS - RESORTS
Executive Vice President – Operations
Wynn Boston Harbor 
TulioHochkoeppler
Tulio Hochkoeppler

THE AMERICAS - SOUTH AMERICA
General Manager
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires 
ChristianHommerich
Christian Hommerich

HOTELS - URBAN
Hotel Manager
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York 
EllaKent
Ella Kent

SPAS
Director of Spa, Fitness & Racquet Sports
Cloister Spa at Sea Island 
AnjaLuthje
Anja Luthje

LUXURY HOTEL BRANDS
Group Director of Rooms and Quality
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (US Office) 
ShannonMcCallum
Shannon McCallum

HOTELS - GAMING
Executive Director of Hotel Operations
Aria Resort and Casino 
NialeMcLoughlin
Niale McLoughlin

APAC - SOUTHEAST ASIA
Vice President of Learning & Advancement
Wynn Macau 
SuzieMills
Suzie Mills

THE AMERICAS - NORTH AMERICA
General Manager
Trump International Hotel & Tower New York 
Paul SamuelRoa
Paul Samuel Roa

APAC - SOUTHEAST ASIA
Global Director, Quality Improvement
Shangri-La Luxury Hotels 
GregSligh
Greg Sligh

HOTELS - INDEPENDENT
Managing Director
The Hermitage Hotel and Keswick Hall and Golf Club 
Janet CrutchfieldSouter
Janet Crutchfield Souter

THE AMERICAS - MEXICO, CARIBBEAN & BERMUDA
Vice President of Quality, Luxury Brands
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL 
ScottTaber
Scott Taber

THE AMERICAS - NORTH AMERICA
Senior Vice President, Rooms
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts 
AkikoTakahashi
Akiko Takahashi

APAC - AUSTRALIA/INDONESIA/POLYNESIA
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources/Social Responsibility Officer
Melco Resorts & Entertainment 
MaxTappeiner
Max Tappeiner

HOTELS - GAMING
Vice President of Hotel Operations
The Venetian & The Palazzo 
GeoffreyZakarian
Geoffrey Zakarian

RESTAURANTS
Restaurateur, Chef
Zakarian Hospitality and The Lambs Club 
MariaZec
Maria Zec

HOTELS - URBAN
Regional Vice President and General Manager
The Peninsula Chicago