LODGINGMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER 2018
SMALLER HOSPITALITY EVENTS FOCUS ON CONTENT AND COLLEAGUE CONNECTIONS
BY ROBIN MCLAUGHLIN
WHEN RUSS SAVRANN WAS A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL, his grandfather gave him sound business advice in the form of stories about his early years in the shoe industry. During that time period, anyone attending industry shows was traveling by train. Throughout those journeys, the professionals heading to the same industry conferences would travel together for weeks at a time, forming their own little community, building strong relationships that bolstered each other’s businesses, and creating life-long, deeply rooted friendships. When it came time for Savrann’s grandfather to start his own shoe business, he was able to lean on the relationships he built during those train trips to get his career started on the right foot—pun intended.
Savrann’s grandfather’s background had a profound impact on the way Savrann himself wanted to do business as a lawyer. When he began practicing in a hotel industry law practice led by Irvin Sandman, Savrann found fertile ground where he could apply his grandfather’s stories to his law practice and business…