Director of Operations. Senior Hospitality Consultant.

Mr. Gavina has a vast experience in food service environments, both front and back of the house, as well as in all aspects of Hospitality management; as F&B Director and Hospitality professional with over 25 years of International experience, he supervised, managed, owned and opened 20+ restaurants and entertainment venues in 9 cities around the world.

His professional International background shows a track record of excellence in implementing productivity and cost improvements, enhancing the guest experience, analyzing the cost-effectiveness of programs, implementing staff training programs and finally in bringing new creative ideas to food & beverage operations. He has been recognized throughout his career for food quality and service excellence. Restaurants he managed or launched won International awards and had been recognized with high rating in major dining guides, including 7 times in the prestigious Michelin and Tatler Dining Guides. His commitment and desire to provide the ultimate customer experience is marked through his training skills, giving to each property he touches a competitive edge and distinctive unique selling points; his expertise also includes decor refurbishment, equipment sourcing & purchasing, kitchen renovation and new design construction.

Prior moving to Asia and building his reputation in Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong, he worked 10 years for 3 Internationally recognized groups in United States, including Bice International on 5th Avenue and Da Silvano in the West Village, New York, both rated among the best restaurants in the City and consistently the celebrities' favorite choice.

United States - Bice Group:

Indonesia - Lotus Enterprises:

Hong Kong - Marco Polo Hotels Wharf Group:

Hong Kong - Divino Group:

Hong Kong - Classified Group:

In recent years his extensive experience in running multi-units operations, positioned him as ideal Project Manager / F&B Director to preopening or managing large luxury establishments as well as entertainment centers, lodging facilities and online food catering platforms:

Hong Kong - Epicurean Group:

Hong Kong - Bel Paese Group Success Stories

Mongolia - Monnis International:

Vietnam - Vingroup:

Educational Background: 

  • Hotel Management: Distribution, Revenue, Demand, SpecializationEssec Business School, Singapore
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Specialization, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Identifying Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Certificate, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • Social Business Model and Planning for Social Innovation, Certificate, CBS, Copenhagen Business School
  • International Marketing & Cross Industry Growth, SpecializationYonsei University, South Korea
  • Corporate Sustainability: Strategic Opportunity, Certificate, Univ. Bocconi
  • Driving Businesses Toward the SDGs, Certificate, Univ. of Rotterdam
  • Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Certificate, Univ. of Michigan
  • Sustainable Tourism: Environmental Public Health, Certificate, Univ. of Copenhagen
  • Project Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Strategic Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Innovation Management, Program Diploma, IBM Institute, Germany
  • International Marketing Entry and Execution, Certificate, Yonsei Univ., South Korea
  • International Entertainment / Sports Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei U. South Korea
  • International Hospitality & Healthcare Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei U., South Korea
  • International B2B, Certificate, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Introduction to International Marketing, Certificate, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Marketing & Communications, Certificate, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Strategy and Operations, Certificate, IBM Institute, Germany
  • Bar Management, Associate Degree, American Bartenders School of NY LLC, USA
  • Hospitality Management, Associate Degree, Scuola Turistico Alberghiera, Italy
  • Art Studies, Bachelor, DAMS, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Scienze Motorie, Bachelor, ISEF, Sports and Education, University of Bologna, Italy

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