Hospitality Financial Leadership – GOPPAR Characteristics
Hospitality Financial Leadership – GOPPAR Characteristics — By David Lund

David Lund · 26 Jul

From time immemorial, revenue per available room, or RevPAR, has been the go-to key performance indicator in the hotel industry. A simple calculation of average daily rate and occupancy rate, it is often thought of as the barometer of health for a hotel by those who work in the industry and those who make a living analyzing it.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – How To Prepare The Annual Budget In 1 Hour
Hospitality Financial Leadership – How To Prepare The Annual Budget In 1 Hour — By David Lund

David Lund · 12 Jul

Over the many years I have worked in hotels, I have had the pleasure of working with some exceptionally fine and talented individuals. This story is about one GM and his penchant for simplicity.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – Moving (Part 3)
Hospitality Financial Leadership – Moving (Part 3) — By David Lund

David Lund · 11 Jun

In the hotel business if you want to get ahead you better be ready to move. It’s the way in which you can multiply your opportunities and increase your chance for greater personal prosperity. That’s the way it was explained to me many years ago and it has certainly been my experience. On the flip side, moving is not easy and it can take its toll on you and the people in your relationships.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – Moving (Part 2)
Hospitality Financial Leadership – Moving (Part 2) — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 7 Jun

In the hotel business if you want to get ahead you better be ready to move. It’s the way in which you can multiply your opportunities and increase your chance for greater personal prosperity. That’s the way it was explained to me many years ago and it has certainly been my experience. On the flip side, moving is not easy and it can take its toll on you and the people in your relationships.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – How To Create An Accounting Policy Manual
Hospitality Financial Leadership – How To Create An Accounting Policy Manual — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 26 May

After recently completing a policy manual for a client, I want to share what worked for this hotel company and what could work for you. I also want to clear the air on policy vs. procedure.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – The System To Follow To Create Financial Leadership In Your Hotel
Hospitality Financial Leadership – The System To Follow To Create Financial Leadership In Your Hotel — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 3 May

Practice is what we are missing. Practice with the financial piece is somehow a foreign concept. But in the hotel world practice is everywhere, right?

Hospitality Financial Leadership The Daily Revenue Audit – The Must Do’s
Hospitality Financial Leadership The Daily Revenue Audit – The Must Do’s — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 19 Apr

The hotel business is a retail business and in order to stay on top of your business, you must fully and completely balance your daily revenues and settlements. This means dotting the eyes and crossing the Ts, examine them. Every day we begin anew and every day is a story unto itself when it comes to the revenues and settlements. I may sound like I'm repeating "revenues and settlements," but it cannot be emphasized enough.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – Disco Dick Hatfield
Hospitality Financial Leadership – Disco Dick Hatfield — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 8 Mar

My hometown is St Andrews, New Brunswick in eastern Canada. The town overlooks Passamaquoddy Bay and to the south we are flanked by the great state of Maine. Every year in this part of the world the US governors and the Canadian provincial premiers get together for bilateral talks, some good food, and fun. This story is about one of those meetings, The Algonquin Hotel, and how I met our then Premier, Richard Hatfield who is partially responsible for my hotel career.

Financial Leadership in the Hospitality Industry – By Guest Author – Amber Habing
Financial Leadership in the Hospitality Industry – By Guest Author – Amber Habing — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 1 Mar

This post will tell you about financial leadership in the hospitality industry. It is a summation of information from her research thesis at the Hotel Management School of Maastricht in The Netherlands. The aim of this research is to provide hoteliers with tools to improve their hotel's financial performance with effective financial leadership.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – What’s Possible in the Future with Hotel Financial Statements
Hospitality Financial Leadership – What’s Possible in the Future with Hotel Financial Statements — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 18 Jan

I am a big fan of the Uniformed System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI), or as she is affectionately called "You Sally." It has been the guide that our industry uses to properly present financial information for a long…long time, in fact almost 100 years. It lays out the format for our financial statement presentation and essentially acts as a referee if you like, to tell us what goes where. What revenues, costs of goods, expenses, and payroll belong to which department.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – The Top 7 Front Office Controls
Hospitality Financial Leadership – The Top 7 Front Office Controls — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 28 Dec

As you know the front office is the command post for your operation, and it's also the point where all the receipts come through. Making sure you have solid internal controls at the desk is not only good business, it's mission-critical. Without these safeguards you are wide open and as someone once said, good internal controls help keep honest people honest. Now don't get me wrong. I believe we need to trust the people we have on our teams, and I also have seen what can happen when there is an opportunity. So, this piece is about eliminating most of those weaknesses at the front desk.

What Exactly Are Owners Looking For From Their GM’s When It Comes To The Operational Finances?
What Exactly Are Owners Looking For From Their GM’s When It Comes To The Operational Finances? — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 14 Dec

In this hard-hitting interview, you will learn what to tell your owner about how you're going to successfully manage their asset. What are the leadership strategies you will use to generate a superior return on their investment? How will you show up as the number one and instill confidence and lead your team around the money piece? If you're looking for the silver lining in all that is COVID in the hotel industry right now and getting your aspiring career back on track, then you are not going to want to miss this one.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - A Boring Routine Secretly Equals Power
Hospitality Financial Leadership - A Boring Routine Secretly Equals Power — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 7 Dec

If you wish you could do more each day and you're open to looking at things differently, to consider there may be a stronger system to follow, perhaps this one is for you. Also, if you're a big fan of multi-tasking then YOU HAVE TO read this.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – A Bit About “You Sally”
Hospitality Financial Leadership – A Bit About “You Sally” — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 30 Nov

By someone's estimate there are roughly one million hotels in the world. I take it that number includes all the different kinds of hotels from small inns and hostels all the way up to your full-service multi-outlet mega hotel operations. For simple math I am going to estimate that half of this number of hotels fall into the small inns and hostels, and that leaves 500,000 of what I'm going to call real hotels.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - Moving (Part 1)
Hospitality Financial Leadership - Moving (Part 1) — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 23 Nov

In the hotel business if you want to get ahead you better be ready to move. It's the way in which you can multiply your opportunities and increase your chance for greater personal prosperity. That's the way it was explained to me many years ago and it has certainly been my experience. On the flip side, moving is not easy and it can take its toll on you and the people in your relationships.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – EFTEs, Productivity Measurements – Why Use Both
Hospitality Financial Leadership – EFTEs, Productivity Measurements – Why Use Both — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 19 Oct

Most hotels measure payroll as a percentage of revenue or, as it is commonly referred to, labor cost percentage. This is not helpful. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, if sales magically increase because of an increase in the average room rate or average cover, your labor cost will automatically improve. Did anyone actually do anything better with the payroll? No. Or, if there is an increase in wages due to an outside force like the minimum wage increased, then your labor cost will suffer and did anyone actually do anything negative? No. So you see the limitations of labor cost percentage.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – Internal Control Reviews
Hospitality Financial Leadership – Internal Control Reviews — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 5 Oct

Hot on the heels of creating a hotel policy manual is the newfound ability to create an internal control review process. Policies are all about the rules of the road and the ICR is all about the roadside check stop.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – Why Does it Take So Bloody Long to Do the Annual Hotel Budget?
Hospitality Financial Leadership – Why Does it Take So Bloody Long to Do the Annual Hotel Budget? — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 7 Sep

Bloody is a great word. It's English and I'm Canadian so that's close enough and I'm adopting it for this piece. The word is so descriptive, and it immediately conjures up images of battle and of great suffering. Much the same as the annual carnage we refer to as budget season in the hotel business. It's the epic contest between line managers and executives, hotel leadership teams and the brand and hotels and their owners.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Everyone Needs to Know About Hotel Financial Skills 11-20
Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Everyone Needs to Know About Hotel Financial Skills 11-20 — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 31 Aug

Regarding both the financial leader and the operationally managers roles: On the eve of starting my financial leadership course for the third year with Royal Roads University, I realized that most people have it somewhat wrong when it comes to how they think about the financials inside the hotel business. It occurred to me that most people think that a mechanic is the only person who can drive a car.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Everyone Needs to Know About Hotel Financial Skills 1-10
Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Everyone Needs to Know About Hotel Financial Skills 1-10 — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 24 Aug

Applies to financial leaders' and operational managers' roles: On the eve of starting my financial leadership course for the third year with Royal Roads University it occurs to me that most people have it somewhat wrong when it comes to how they think about the financials inside the hotel business.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – 7 Daily Revenue Audit Must Dos
Hospitality Financial Leadership – 7 Daily Revenue Audit Must Dos — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 3 Aug

The hotel business is a retail business and in order to stay on top of your business you must fully and completely balance your daily revenues and settlements. Every day we begin anew and every day is a story unto itself when it comes to the revenues and settlements. I may sound like I am repeating "revenues and settlements," but it cannot be emphasized enough.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – 3-Way Match
Hospitality Financial Leadership – 3-Way Match — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 20 Jul

Internal controls in your hotel are critical and they need to be designed to keep your assets safe and your money where it belongs - with you and not in someone else's pockets. I have seen this go wrong way too many times and I also talk to many hoteliers that are oblivious to this level of control or they just don't see the importance of it.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - The Paper Can’t Talk
Hospitality Financial Leadership - The Paper Can’t Talk — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 13 Jul

In the hotel business, we have three equal pillars. The guest, the colleague and the money. We need to realize that the third pillar—the money, the owner, the P&L, the paperwork, whatever you want to call it—needs a proper voice. The right voice, a voice that speaks to the leadership and the highest purpose that a cornerstone of our business warrants. Far too often the voice of the money is scary stingy or downright mean. If the paper is going to have a voice, we want to ensure it's the proper one. The voice that will get and give equity to all our constituents.

Hospitality Financial Leadership Separation of Duties – Part 2
Hospitality Financial Leadership Separation of Duties – Part 2 — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 15 Jun

In the business world protecting your assets is a critical strategy. Without it you are open to "things" happening that can cost you a fortune. I was trained with the concept of the separation of duties as a foundation so in some respects I take it that everyone else has the same perspective. Recently I worked with a client that showed me just how far things can go awry when you put your trust in someone and you fail to have the proper separation and oversight.

Hospitality Financial Leadership - The Consultants
Hospitality Financial Leadership - The Consultants — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 25 May

Inside of the hotel company I worked for there has always been a constant movement to increase efficiency, especially inside the financial function. Not surprising, right? That’s what all businesses have done and continue to do, to evolve and ultimately outsource or eliminate seemingly needless, value lacking work. I was heavily involved in such a project that took me all the way to England.

Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Will the Post Pandemic Hotel World Look Like?
Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Will the Post Pandemic Hotel World Look Like? — By David Lund

The Hotel Financial Coach · 4 May

Having been around awhile I have seen the changes that have come as a result of major global events. The starkest example is our pre- and post-911 world. It showed us that the idea of getting on an airplane means we need to prove we do not have any threatening objects with us, like guns, knives and explosives and we need to prove we are who we say we are. We even must prove we're not a threat and that we're on the right security list.