Seven distinguished industry titans will be inducted Home design‘s Platinum Circle Hall of Fame on Friday, November 11, 2022 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City. The honor is given to those who have had a significant impact and contribution to the hospitality industry and its many facets, including design, architecture, ownership/management, and purchasing.
The 2022 winners are:
In business for more than 35 years, Dallas and Denver-based Bray Whaler is one of the largest hotel supply companies in the United States. Under the leadership of the Executive Vice President and Founding Director Ronnie Bray and Owner, President and CEO Elisa Whaler, the company has purchased more than 3,800 projects valued at more than $5.3 billion. Outside of the company, Bray and Whaler inspire the next generation of hospitality leaders as educators and mentors for students at the University of Denver’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management.
design master Ken Fulk has 25 years of creating environments that enhance the lives of those who inhabit them. In addition to running his eponymous company, which includes 80 team members in offices in San Francisco and New York, Fulk is co-owner and creative director of a range of properties, including hotels in New Orleans and the Berkshires. In 2018, he founded the Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local artists in revitalized historic sites in San Francisco and Provincetown.
A passion for wellness, sustainability and purpose-driven travel Neil Jacobs at Six Senses in 2012. As CEO of the dynamic hotel and spa brand, Jacobs led the company to set new standards in green initiatives and responsible design with a range of projects in regions such as India, Israel, Seychelles and Rome. . He continues to assert that constant innovation and meaningful amenities tailored to health and wellness not only drive traveler demand, but also enable guests and staff to maximize their full potential.
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is ranked among the largest minority and women-owned businesses in the Washington, D.C. area, thanks to CEO and Founder Sheila Johnson. Since opening Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va., the former Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder has expanded the collection to include upscale retreats such as Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, Fla.; Bennett Hotel in Charleston, SC; and Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Johnson has also lent his expertise to organizations in the industry, from the Executive Committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) to the Forbes Travel Guide Strategy Committee. She was also nominated by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve on the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Council.
Barbara Parker and Miriam Torres may have launched their global interior design and architecture firm Parker-Torres Design in 2004, but the first two collaborated in 1997 on the design of the Bentley in London. The pair have built on each other’s strengths ever since, offering specialist solutions across a diverse portfolio. Noteworthy projects like the Phoenician Resort & Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Beach Resort, Whitley Hotel Buckhead and Marriott Marquis San Francisco reflect a distinctive design approach that reaches the highest level of creativity.