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Blake Anderson-Buntz, Managing Partner of Horwath HTL Russia, is a British National, based in St Petersburg, Russia. He started his own hotel consulting and management company in September 2005. Since then, he has helped major investors and owners with their properties, opened and managed more than 20 hotels of all types, as well as served more than 300 customers with all aspects of their properties. He uses his experience from Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the European Union, in order to generate real value for owners and successful hotel products that guests appreciate and return to.
Prior to starting his own company, Blake launched his career in Oslo’s most central hotel, SAS Scandinavia Hotel (later part of Radisson Hotels and Resorts) in 1994, where he built a 12-year career, passing through all possible operational positions, all the way to Executive Manager for the Regional Director Russia, CIS and the Baltics and Hotel Manager of Radisson Royal Hotel, St Petersburg, an historical 5 Star Hotel. Blake believes strongly, that true professionalism can only be built through real hands-on experience.
Shaping the future of the Hotel and Hospitality industry, is a key concern for Blake. We cannot always take, we must also give something back and as such, he focuses on: teaching the next generation through working with schools and universities; bringing information and analysis to industry professionals, as the Lead Expert for the industry journal, www.hotel.report ; establishing contacts with industry and government officials through associations, chambers-of-commerce, Tourism and Investment committees, participating in order to shape practices and policies. It’s much better to shape, rather than react to.
Originally, educated in finance and economics from Brussels, Belgium, Blake later took additional education in Hotel Management with the Norwegian School of Hotel Management, Stavanger, Norway. Lifelong education is important to leading a healthy and interesting life. Blake speaks English, Norwegian, French and Russian fluently and some German also.