An Interview with Davide Grilli
Crowne Plaza Rome – St. Peter’s have been exceptional corporate responsibility champions, in great part due to Davide Grilli, the General Manager, with his winning approach and can-do attitude! Davide tells us about his commitment to giving back to the community.
Why is responsible business a priority for you?
Being socially aware, responsible, and generous is not only key to winning business but it is expected from our guests. Implementing innovative programmes like IHG Academy or IHG Green Engage system is not always easy, but it is a strength both for business and in leading by example. My personal ethos is to always look for opportunities to give back to the community; as Malcom Bane once said: ‘If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up doing nothing for nobody.’
What role does the IHG Academy play in your ethos of giving back to the community?
The IHG Academy is so important both for us and the students. The certification that comes along with our 6-month internship adds incredible value to the participant’s employability and even their confidence – it is clear from the moment of their interviews! The IHG Academy gives us the chance to share our knowledge of the industry and develop the general managers of tomorrow.
The Crowne Plaza Rome- St. Peters have shown such dedication to IHG Foundation Week 2016. What does the Foundation mean to you?
This year, IHG Foundation has both inspired and empowered us to give a real contribution to the local community. Following the earthquakes that had struck Italy earlier this year, the week has given us the opportunity to give back to our community in the purest sense. We organised fundraising events dedicated to the Foundation, in addition to collaborating with Project Rome’s Tiburtina Tuesday – where we organised, cooked and served a buffet for the homeless. The day included driving a convoy of four from the hotel to the centre of Rome, setting up 80 chairs and 10 tables for a feast fit for 150 people. The day was awe-inspiring and dedicated to a great cause which we were so proud to take part in.
Finally, what’s the best thing about being a General Manager?
The best thing is being part of the IHG family – the support we give each other and knowing that together we can achieve great things.