Henry Kallan, President, Library Hotel Collection

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Henry Kallan, president and owner of the Library Hotel Collection, is regarded as one of the industry’s most innovative independent hoteliers. When he arrived in America at 21 from former Czechoslovakia with the proverbial $20 and no English, he began his career as a busboy at the Gotham Hotel. Since then, Kallan built the Library Hotel Collection brand based on his core principals of value, guest experience and the ideology of genuine kindness. The veteran hotelier, who has a keen eye for architecture and design, brings his impeccable flair for quality as well as his gracious charm and a unique sense of hospitality to his properties. The brand has been recognized as having the highest guest satisfaction rating in the world (96.1% GRI from ReviewPro) and recently the Aria Hotel Budapest was named the #1 Hotel in the World by the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. His new lakefront urban resort, Hotel X Toronto will open in 2017.

Ariela Kiradjian