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Hospitality veteran branches out

Walker launches Lighthouse Consultancy

Stephen WalkerA hospitality veteran who worked under US president elect Donald Trump at Turnberry, has launched a consultancy targeting the support services sector.

The Lighthouse Consultancy will build on Stephen Walker’s experience in the hospitality and golf industries in global markets.

He said: “After a long and successful sales & marketing career primarily specialising in resorts, 2016 became a benchmark year for me which offered a change of direction.”

Through his 16-year tenure as Sales & Marketing Director at Turnberry, he worked under three owners and saw the resort renovated and rebranded twice.

He worked under owned/managed and franchise agreements latterly with The Trump Hotel organisation.

During this period, Turnberry hosted six ‘majors’ including the 2009 Open Championship.

Mr Walker said: “My experience, gained at Turnberry and many other Starwood projects exposed me to many iconic brands and brand leaders from whom I have learnt a lot.

“Turnberry is a ‘major’ only golf venue and my collaboration with event organisers including IMG and The R&A, working to execute the wishes of their brand patrons & sponsors including Rolex MasterCard and Ricoh also broadened my skill set significantly.”

The Lighthouse Consultancy is currently working on various business challenges from long term strategic business planning for an East Lothian Resort and for one of Scotland’s leading inbound destination management companies to recruitment, retention and profit growth challenges for a central Scotland country club. 

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