S02E11: Ricco De Blank | SHKP
Posted on Jul 24
It was a great pleasure to sit down with Ricco for this interview. I was lucky enough to catch him whilst he was visiting Amsterdam leading up to Christmas.
Given it has recently been announced he was stepping down as CEO of Sun Hung Kai Properties based out of Hong Kong, it was an excellent time to sit down with him to understand some of the qualities that have made him such an industry influencer with the world of luxury branded hospitality.
Prior to transitioning to the property development side, Ricco was General Manager of one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, The Ritz Carlton Tokyo. It was there I first met Ricco during the pre-opening stages of that project in 2006. It was very apparent to me then, that Ricco was someone who does not accept second best. He holds himself to the same high standards that he expects of everyone that works in his team. He is a true professional.
As Ricco said in the interview, working in the hotel industry requires patience, like a good bottle of wine, only getting better with age, so will the career of someone who fully commits to being a hotelier.
2:04 - Ricco's background
5:57 - Experience with hotel tech
9:28 - Phones in the room
11:22 - Who is Sun Hung Kai Properties
12:17 - The life of a hotel property developer CEO
14:35 - WeChat's influence on travel
17:15 - Relevance of hotel management companies
21:58 - Acquisitions and Data Security
25:44 - The GM of a luxury branded hotel
30:32 - Ricco's advice to starting a hotel career