Meet the team behind mrp hospitality consulting group. Excellent qualifications, many years of accumulated know-how and vast international experience in hotel management allow mrp to offer customers a comprehensive portfolio of services. We have a professional pool of experts that includes active former senior executives from various areas of the hotel business. We can thus provide a perfect, interdisciplinary team that can best serve your hotel property.
Martin Schaffer, MRICS
As graduate of the Viennese University of Applied Science in Vienna Martin Schaffer spent two years with Austrian Airlines and another two years with SynGroup Unternehmensberatung GmbH as senior consultant. From 2005 to 2012 he was managing partner with Kohl & Partner Consulting in Vienna, and, furthermore, from 2008 to 2011 responsible for the Bucharest and Budapest offices.
Besides his extensive experience in the consulting and real estate sector, Martin Schaffer used his knowledge for presentations and workshops at numerous universities and conferences.
Olaf Steinhage is a graduate engineer and architect, a graduate of the EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel and a passionate hotelier. He brings with him many years of experience in planning and project development and also has much experience giving conceptual and operational advice to national and international hotels and resort projects.
After gaining experience in international planning and consulting at Suter & Suter AG in Basel / Zurich, in the mid-1990s he worked as an assistant to management and also as project developer at Deutsche Interhotel AG in Berlin. After working as managing director of project development at the BKatz group of companies and Drees & Sommer AG, Olaf Steinhage founded his company hcb in Berlin in 2005, which has been part of MRP Hotels since 01.01.2020.
Jan Hein Simons
Jan Hein Simons served 21 years inside the NH Hotel-Group and Golden Tulip organizations in various leading and executive roles. After assuming the post-merger responsibility in the Spanish head-office in Madrid, he changed role and scope while being managing director different business units in the group, such as Germany & Poland, as well as in the business unit Benelux, France, UK and Africa. In these positions, he was able to direct the business successfully, while attaining important growth for the NH Hotel-Group. After leaving NH Hotels, he successfully led operations of the Falkensteiner Hotels as a chief operating officer.
Jan Hein Simons has graduated both from the Hogeschool Zuyd in Maastricht and as well as Florida International University in Miami, with a bachelor- and master-of-Science respectively. Because of his long experience and expert knowledge, Jan Hein Simons is asked regularly as key-note speaker during conferences and educational institutions or participant in panel discussions.
His career spans more than three decades, working in practically every area of the industry, with a focus on Austrian hotels – his latest position was as COO for the Martinez Hotels Group. In addition he has led a number of hotels in Vienna, Salzburg, Ljubljana and Innsbruck. Amongst other activities Mustafa Özdemir spent more than five years as Chairman of Supranational Hotels based in London.
Gilbert-André Ghammachi has over ten years of experience in the international hotel industry, specialising in the areas of Revenue Management and eCommerce. His responsibilities included working as Regional Revenue Manager for Grand City Hotels & Resorts, Germany and as Reservation Sales Supervisor of the Hilton Vienna Cluster.
Patrick Adamle, BSC
Prior to joining mrp hotels in 2013 Patrick Adamle successfully completed his studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Patrick Adamle gained more than 10 years of international experience in various sectors of the hospitality industry, including opening and operating his own business in Guatemala City. Patrick Adamle has extensive knowledge of the international hotel markets of Western and Central Eastern Europe. His assignments include owner’s representation and hotel performance management for major investors. By providing specific hotel market knowledge he ensures that the relationship with the hotel operator is suitable and beneficial for the owner.
Svenja Brau has a bachelor’s degree in tourism and leisure management from Saxion University of Applied Sciences Deventer (Netherlands) and a master’s degree in cultural tourism and management from Viadrina University Frankfurt / Oder.
A consultant for 5 years, Ms. Brau first worked in tourism consulting and has worked in hotel consulting since 2017. Having worked in the Netherlands, Australia and Germany, she has accumulated several years of work experience in the tourism and hospitality industries.
At MRP hotels, Ms. Brau is responsible for strategic consulting with a focus on feasibility studies.
Director of Strategy and Consulting
Mr. Herzogenrath dedicated his first years of occupation to strategic development, structural implementation and subsequent operational management of a differentiated hotel and catering portfolio. At the time he was responsible for up to 200 employees. Following this, his work’s focus shifted to topics covering destination and brand development, administrative structures and employer brand development. With 10 years of professional and industry experience in the individual private hotel industry, Mr. Herzogenrath is now responsible for strategy and consulting. Besides having trained as a banker and with a degree in international business from Hanze University Groningen (the Netherlands), Mr. Herzogenrath has had international experience in Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Mexico.
Elisabeth Hütter studied industrial engineering at Weimar’s Bauhaus University, specializing in construction, real estate and infrastructure management. She completed part of her master’s degree at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University and has worked as a project manager for a well-known project developer in Hamburg for over 3 years. She has also supervised a large construction project in Hamburg’s old town, which included 2 new hotel developments. At Horwath HTL, Elisabeth was responsible as a consultant for all real estate and construction engineering, as well as for topics specifically concerning hotel properties. At MRP, she continues to provide her expertise in the development of hotel properties and always enjoys seeing through projects from the initial idea, their realisation and ultimate launch by her clients.
Julian Mayer, MIB
Julian Mayer earned a master’s degree in International Business at Hult Business School in London and Shanghai, as well as a BBA in Tourism & Hospitality Management at MODUL University Vienna and San Francisco State University.
His professional career, prior to pursuing his academic qualifications, included various operational roles at hospitality establishments in Europe, the Middle East and USA. Following his master studies, he was an Associate at JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in London working with the EMEA research team, and supporting both the Global C-Suite and Global Head of M&A. His recent work, before joining mrp hotels, has focused on scoping out, initiating and developing hotel projects across Europe as well as supporting the opening process of a 120-key resort in Upper-Austria.
After completing her studes at Berlin’s Technical University, Viola Nothvogel began her professional real estate career at Berlin’s Drees & Sommer. After having completed further studies with a focus on tourism planning, Ms. Nothvogel worked in the hotel property and tourism industry for more than 10 years. She now supports MRP as a controller and analyst in the areas of project management and project development.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Event Management from the International School of Management in Munich and a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Hull in Kingston upon Hull, Christina Orsinger joined Germany’s Horwath HTL team in 2018. Ms. Orsinger currently supports MRP with her know-how in strategic advice and hotel development.
Alexander Schick, MSc
Mr. Schick is part of the mrp team since mid-2019. His professional career began during his school and university years and included, in addition to family-run hotel companies, operational positions at Marriott International in Vienna and London. Through his work at Unicredit Bank Austria, Mr. Schick was able to gain expertise in the area of commercial real estate financing. Since 2017, Mr. Schick specialised in hotel consulting and has worked as a consultant at TREUGAST Solutions Group Munich. In addition to graduating from the MODUL tourism school, the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Oxford Brookes University with a focus on business administration, real estate- and hotel management, Mr. Schick received further training in business valuation at the London School of Economics. Mr. Schick is currently a part-time lecturer at the University of Applied Management in Munich.
Philipp Schirmböck, BSc
Already during his bachelor´s degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Mr. Schirmböck supported the mrp team as a junior consultant from June 2018 onwards in the head office located in Vienna. Previously, the business economist completed numerous internships at international corporations and management consultancies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers or Erste Group Bank AG.
Based in the Berlin office, Lea-Sophie Zwoch has been with MRP as a consultant since April 2019. Ms. Zwoch completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration at the Business School of Hamburg and at the École de Management in Strasbourg. Ms. Zwoch collected her first experiences in consulting during this time. Before joining the team in Berlin, Ms. Zwoch worked for a young company in Hamburg doing project development and project management in the area of business development and expansion.
Barbara Grabher-Meyer has many years of pro-active experience in hotel operations, especially in international sales & marketing departments. Mrs Grabher-Meyer supports mrp hotels in the areas of distribution,feasibility studies and office management.
Birgit Fröhlinghaus has supported management in Berlin since 2012 and has many years of professional experience in the areas of office management and accounting.
President of HOTREC since 1 January 2015, Susanne Kraus-Winkler has been a Member of the HOTREC Executive Committee since 2004 and Vice President since 2010. She is a longstanding industry representative as well as an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry with 35 years of practical experience in the hotel and restaurant business and 25 years of managing a family-owned hotel and restaurant business. She also has many years of practical experience in tourism consulting and lecturing at several universities. Ms. Kraus-Winkler is a founding partner of the LOISIUM Wine & Spa Resort Hotel Group and a shareholder of several hotel management and tourism consulting companies. Ms. Kraus-Winkler holds several positions on different management boards of tourism representations in Austria and at the EU level. She is the Vice President of the Austrian Professional Hotel Association, a member of the board of the Austrian national and regional hotel classification group, a chairperson of the examination board of the Austrian Hotel Association’s hotel academy, a member of the Austrian chapter of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and a member of several official working groups and committees in the Austrian tourism industry.
Extensive experience as civil engineer for international projects in position of project manager and advisor. Herbert Mascha advised international hotel chains on development of new properties as well as renovations of running operations. As trained mediator in conflict management he is a valuable resource in crisis management. Besides his strong and reliable network of international contacts and professional partners, Herbert Mascha offers significant expertise, which already international organizations relied on.
Stephen Mulligans career spans more than three decades in international hotel operations at virtually every level of the industry – most recently as Area Vice President of Operations for InterContinental Hotels Group CEE and as Director of Operations for InterContinental Hotels in London. A number of outstanding hotel properties in London as well as InterContinental Hotels in Düsseldorf, Hanover and Vienna were managed under his guidance. Before that, Stephen Mulligan spent more than six years in the Middle East, where he was involved in the opening of InterContinental hotels in Dubai, Muscat and Bahrain.