Specializing in complete Hotel Development Services, Project Coordination, Procurement, Warehousing and Logistics, and Installation Services.
Hotel Spec offers a basket of services or a turn-key package to the hotel developer and operating company, providing crucial input and hands-on management of all the processes in the Planning, Design, Construction, Renovation and Refurbishment of new and existing hotels.
With our collective experience in hotel operations, development and procurement, Hotel Spec is uniquely placed to ensure that properties are correctly specified and designed in order to create a cost efficient hotel operation.
Our Core Values:
- Technical Knowledge
- Customer Service Level
- Understanding of outsourcing, co-sourcing and partnering strategies
- Director Involvement
- Understanding of Client needs
Prior to forming Hotel Spec, Mark worked in the hotel industry for 15 years in Southern Africa and in the UK. Including properties like the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City, Wild Coast Sun Hotel, Resort and Casino, Kensington Palace Hotel, and others, Mark gained experience from Restaurant Management, Banqueting, Housekeeping, Rooms Division Management and held the position of Hotel Manager on Renaissance Cruises, Food & Beverage Director of the Palace at Sun City, Hotel Manager Serenite Resort amongst others.
Mark holds a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management and is a Professional Member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International, a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and a member of Project Management South Africa (PMSA).
Arno Kukkuk, Vice President Procurement. A procurement professional with over 20 years’ experience in hospitality procurement services. Arno began his career in furniture manufacture, moving on to Project Management in the Hospitality industry for FFE and OS&E procurement and fit-out projects. Prior to joining Hotel Spec, Arno worked throughout the Middle East for 11 years with Parker Company, Fino International and Cairncross Martin and successfully executed the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Kempinsky Bahrain, Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Burj Dubai, Armani Hotel & Apartments and Madinat Jumeirah phase III, amongst others.
Bianca Martinovic, Vice President Business Development, responsible for growing the business in the Americas region. With being at Mark’s side since the inception of Hotel Spec, Bianca understands all aspects of the business and services. Bianca was instrumental in the start-up and development of the procurement service of Hotel Spec. In addition, she has 10 years’ experience in Sales and Marketing in the upmarket furniture business as owner and General Manager of a successful import, retail and wholesale business.
George Massa CHA, Senior Vice President, Consulting Services. George has 43 years of professional services experience in the USA and Latin America hospitality industry. From 2004-2016 George was VP Development and Managing Director Hilton Worldwide Latin America, where he drove Hiltons expansion across the region. He spearheaded the development of this corporation in markets like Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico; being directly responsible for the growth of Hilton Worldwide brands (with a presence of less than 15 hotels back then) in Latin America to more than 46 hotels in Mexico alone, tripling the number of hotels in operation.
During his earlier career in Peru he was the Director of Operations for all 33 hotels owned at that time by Enturperú. Massa studied business administration at the Catholic University and the University of Lima in Peru. A native of Peru, he is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Hamish Mac Lennan B.Sc (QS) MRICS, PMASAQS, NIQS, Vice President Technical Services. With over 30 years of experience in Construction Management, Project Management and Quantity Surveying throughout Africa, Hamish leads the Technical Services team of Hotel Spec. Hamish previously was country head for Aecom in Nigeria, was the founder and CEO of MWS Engineering services and has successfully completed more than 30 hotel projects on the African continent.
Augustine Uwagboe BSc (Eng.), Project Manager. Augustine qualified as a Civil Engineer in 1998 and to date has worked throughout Nigeria on numerous development projects including residential and hotel projects. With core skills in construction project management, works coordination and quality management, Augustine is based permanently in Lagos, Nigeria and fills the role of site Project Manager
Daniel Venter, Procurement Manager. Daniel’s background in high-end luxury furniture design and manufacture brings a level of class and unsurpassed quality management to the procurement division. Daniel worked with Minerva Furniture of Berlin, Germany and Hospitality Classics, and has held the position of Deputy Hotel Manager at Langrish House Hotel in Hampshire, United Kingdom. With his combined furniture design, manufacture and hotel operations experience, Daniel is an experienced and key leader of the company’s procurement division.
Furthermore, Hotel Spec has a considerable network of professional hotel experts on hand in all spheres of hotel design & development to support the growth of the company as well as being able to step in when new projects are acquired. Giving the assurance to our clients that we are within short notice able to provide the human resources that any project requires.
This collaboration was a natural evolution of the founding partners, Trevor Ward, Mark Martinovic and David Harper, working together for many years and the requirement of existing and future clients for a complete turn-key solution.
In the complex world of hotel development and management, balancing a client’s specific needs with all the processes and requirements to satisfied funders, manage risk, oversee cost efficient and fit for purpose construction, negotiate contracts with operators, actively manage investment portfolios to enhance value, valuations, sales and acquisitions, Africa has conspicuously lacked a professional and integrated, complete-solutions provider with integrity, experience and proven track record to provide a seamless services throughout the lifecycle of a hotel project.
In creating this “one-stop shop”, Hotel Partners Africa has established a highly proactive team to build long-standing relationships with major players, particularly: branded chains, developers, fund managers and property owners.
- Both Mark Martinovic and his team who have been leading the project thus far have proven themselves to be very capable and knowledgeable professionals and have contributed greatly to our realizing this landmark project. The knowledge and experience displayed by Mr Martinovic in overcoming funding challenges, design issues between architect, designers, engineers and Hilton and making suggestions to value engineer and coordinate all issues on this project have been invaluable.
We have no hesitation in recommending them highly for any similar Hotel project management
Contemporary Group Limited
- We are writing this reference letter as regards Hotel Spec International with whom we had a close working relationship from September 2011 to November 2012. ARM Hospitality & Retail Fund is a fund created to cater for investments in hospitality and retail projects namely hotels and shopping malls and Hotelspec International Limited acted as our development manager.
Hotel Spec International has always been very professional in their duties as development manager and can be trusted to carry out their duties with diligence and care.
Kindly contact the undersigned if you have any questions
ARM Investment Management
- The services provided by Mark and his team at Hotel Spec were invaluable. Their technical know-how and attention to detail was amazing to observe and their focus and dedication to the project was exemplary.
The budgeting and procurement of all the furnishings and equipment was tested throughout the project and the integrity and professionalism shown by them added such great value to the project from quality of all products, pricing and asset and inventory management.
We would certainly use Hotel Spec again and recommend them highly to any hotel development project.
Director, Commercial Projects
- Led by their MD, Mark Martinovic, Hotel Spec applied themselves in an exemplary manner and with the utmost professionalism in managing the team of professionals and the contractor alike on the project.
We would certainly recommend them to any similar hotel development or refurbishment project.
Their on site management of works sequencing, quality management and contract administration is a testament of their capabilities and experience and we are completely satisfied with their performance.
The Park Inn by Radisson Abeokuta is a 173 room 4 star hotel.
It has undergone a complete refurbishment including certain additions totalling $14,000,000 .
The hotel is slated to open in August this year.
AA Entertainment & Tourism Limited
- “As a seasoned hotelier, and as the Rooms Division Manager at a 5* Hotel in Stellenbosch, it has been a pleasure to work with a fantastic supplier like Hotel Spec. They have been an integral part of supplying me with the necessary goods and amenities – which are of good quality – for our 50 room refurbishment. I have never come across a company who is quick on email response with quotations and best available options, should the item in question not be available at time of inquiry. Then once you have completed the internal paperwork, your goods order are being delivered at your office within days of completing the ordering process!
I have met the office staff on one occasion, but a relationship has formed over the last 3 years which is so valuable in this industry. I know that I can call the office and they will assist me, regardless of the query.
I can definitely give credit to Hotel Spec for being and integral part of the success whilst working through this Rooms Refurbishment Project.
I wish Hotel Spec all the best with opening a new branch overseas and if they keep to their current work ethics, I think they will be opening offices world-wide soon enough!”
Lanzerac Hotel & Spa