About my experience:
15 years in the direct marketing agency industry in a strategic marketing/account services role, serving Clients such as United Airlines, US Airways, Loews Hotels and Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts. After working my way up the ladder to serve as a Director of Account Management for MMGY Global (formerly MMG Worldwide), I transitioned into a career in hotel brokerage where I successfully transacted a handful of deals in a short period of time prior to the Great Financial Crisis. Subsequent to the market recovery, and my own, I established an independent consulting business model based on helping hands-on Third-Party Hotel Management companies with smaller portfolios to identify and qualify management contract opportunities.
How I would describe my management style:
Solution-oriented, collaborative and process-adherent: In practical terms, I like to define the optimal outcome for any goal, issue or challenge and then back into the intermediate benchmarks that will result in success. Using a personal example: You can’t swim 20 miles at night in the cold, open ocean without proper training. You have to work up the endurance, acclimate to cold water and learn to be comfortable swimming in the dark. Address each of these challenges individually, put in the proper preparation and then put them all together.
Why do business with me?
When appropriate, I am creative and dynamic in my approach to considering the best path to achieving a win/win outcome. I find no satisfaction in coming out on top by sacrificing the objectives or dignity of others involved in the collaboration.
Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-rake-05a49141
A native Californian, surfer, swimmer and beach lover, I consider myself a “Blue Mind,” that is, I derive personal satisfaction from being in, on or near the water. I recently completed the Catalina Channel, one component of the global Triple Crown of Open Water Marathon Swimming – 21 miles of open ocean without stopping, swam mostly at night.
I have also spent considerable amounts of time working, studying and living all over, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York – and even France and Central America.
I am married for over 31 years, and my wife and I have 3 adult daughters. We now split our time between Philadelphia and San Diego.
- Food: Ethnic – almost anything exotic – I grew up on a heavy dose of Mexican Food, but love Thai, Indian and Mediterranean dishes.
- Hobby: Open Water Marathon Swimming (and coaching), Surfing, Sailing
- Artist: Shawn Mullins – I love talented singer-songwriters who can make a story come alive.
- TV Show: Ozark, All in the Family
- Place: Villa de Leyvas, Colombia; Isla Boca Brava, Panama
- College/Degree: UC San Diego – Communications