A word from the Author

For many years I had the idea to write a book that would help to inspire others to be more successful. I thought for long about the core idea of the book and now after many life experiences, I feel it is the right moment to start. There are many things I want to share but like they say “one step at a time” . I thought the best way to begin is to guide young Executives and General managers who are looking for the right path to be successful.

Sitting on a plane flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet heading to visit my family in Stuttgart for a long weekend, decided to pick up the laptop and start writing. I am now more than half way through my first book and it quiet an adventure to share my thoughts, life experiences and beliefs in my own words.

You probably want to know a little about me before going further. I have had a great career over the years, originally from Egypt and have acquired the American Nationality at a later stage in life. My family did not spare any effort to raise me and educate me and they are the ones responsible for who I am today. In my early years I studied at the “English Mission” high school in Egypt which was considered one of the best schools, followed by a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management at Helwan University in Cairo. Once graduated witho honor’s degree, I have set my mind on higher education and attained my Master’s degree from one of the best universities in our field, Florida International University (F.I.U.), Miami, Florida, a Master of Science in Hotel and Food Service Management.

Throughout my career I had the honor to work for some prestigious companies across the globe such as Marriott, Movenpick, Melia Hotels International & Shaza Hotels in addition to a couple of independent owners. My 32 years’ experience spans from USA to North Africa, Middle East and GCC countries. I have virtually worked in almost every hotel type which was a great exposure to many pertinent issues in the hospitality industry.

I started my career in the rooms division area as a Front Desk Clerk and moved up the ladder to be become an Area Director of Operation for several properties in two countries. I have managed many properties as General Manager and conducted several openings, conversions and rebrandings. This massive experience made me who I am today and I am very proud of what I have accomplished.

The most important part of my career is that “I Love What I Do” and in the pages to come I want to share with you some of my idiology of what I believe is the road to success. I was inspired by many great managers over the years who helped shape my thoughts and philosophies and I am confident you will enjoy and take something from it to make you more successful.


Sherief A. Abouelmagd

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