Topic: Hotels, Market Studies, Clients' Demands
Michal is a founder of a hotel and mixed-use real estate consultancy firm Happy Days Hospitality. His passion for the hotel real estate dates back to mid 1990’s when he got his first professional engagement in a small boutique hotel in Kosice, Slovakia. While his responsibilities there were related to hotel operations, rather than the property itself, he felt a strong pull towards the property related side of the business right from the beginning of his career.
Nevertheless, Michal remained engaged in the operations side of the business for another 10 years, gaining valuable, cross-departmental experience within various types of hospitality operations worldwide. This includes upscale city hotel “Grand Hotel Bohemia” in Prague, jazz & world music clubs “Kavehaz” and “Satalla” in Manhattan, NYC, beach resort and condo hotel “Aquabeach” in Wildwood, New Jersey, mid-size city hotel “Jurys Inn Islington” in London and upscale marina café “Blue Bar” in Puerto Banus, Spain.
In 2006 he briefly joined the sales force of time-share resort “Marriott Marbella Beach Resort” in Spain where he decided to transition into property business. After returning to Prague in 2007, he joined real estate consultancy company Knight Frank as a negotiator, dealing primarily with office buildings. Michal has been focusing on hotel and mixed-use real estate in CEE region since 2010 when he joined rival property consultancy company, Cushman & Wakefield. Being a progressive thinker and a strong advocate of the emerging paradigm, he finally decided to establish his own real estate consultancy company Happy Days Hospitality in 2014.
Michal graduated from the hotel management school in his hometown of Kosice, Slovakia, attended numerous training courses throughout his career and presented on several hotel real estate conferences within the CEE region, such as EurobuildCEE Hotel Investment Conference or Leaders in Hospitality CEE & CIS.
Besides his ongoing consultancy engagements, Michal currently works on the specific, purpose-driven, mixed-use real estate concept of a new paradigm that combines conventional real estate asset classes in an unconventional way. The concept helps to unlock the highest potential of any individual, mixed-use, centrally located property situated in the city exceeding the population of at least 1 million inhabitants.