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Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel

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Leaders In Hospitality & Design Share Unique Insights & Outline Key Performance Drivers For Successful Wellness Developments

On October 9, 2019, leading global architecture firm, OBM International (OBMI), hosted a Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel and art exhibition. Rika Lisslö, Hyatt Vice President of Development, Vivianne Garcia-Tunon, Wonder Flower Principal and Founder, Marianne Canero, Alma Community Founder & Executive Director, and Giovanni Medina Marenco, OBMI Associate Senior Designer, participated in the conversation at the Sacred Space Miami. Together, with moderator, K. Denaye Hinds, OBMI Director of Corporate Sustainability, who led the panel, the four experts discussed their insider outlook on health and wellness in the hospitality and real-estate industry, the trends impacting its direction and the crucial elements to consider for successfully designing wellness developments.

The sold-out event gathered over 175 professionals across the hospitality, real estate, design, development and wellness industries to hear diverse perspectives and to be inspired by illustrations of wellness concepts in the elegant venue, The Sacred Space Miami. In line with the panel’s theme, experts advised the audience on the challenges and opportunities to successfully execute wellness offerings in developments, designing for wellness beyond the spa, and the importance of investing in human capital for wellness programs.

Referencing reports from the Global Wellness Institute, the experts relayed the international wellness market grew to $4.2 trillion in 2018, and that wellness-focused tourism is fast outpacing overall tourism growth. The panel also remarked how the hospitality sector has been highly motivated to keep up with today's wellness guest by evolving the scope of programs and developing key partnerships for membership models to deliver elevated and catered wellness activities as an opportunity for the hospitality industry to ensure a return on investment. An example shared was Hyatt’s clever acquisition of the Exhale spa chain.

Vivianne Garcia-Tunon and Giovanni Medina Marenco both remarked on the importance of weaving wellness into the design of the entire property, as well as factoring in space planning and offerings for various demographics of consumers and future generations. Both panelists agreed this all-inclusive approach would help in achieving a socially equitable and viable development.

Rika Lisslö and Marianne Canero remarked on the importance of cultivating the local labor pool and integrating the community into the wellness space when delivering a positive experience for end-users and ensuring a return on investment to stakeholders. Focusing on the wellbeing of your corporation’s employees resounded equally essential as training and educating in the wellness industry, according to panelists.

“When looking for revenue drivers, we must talk about the value proposition and take time to educate the room on how wellness will benefit the end user and the investor,”  noted Rika Lisslö, Hyatt Vice President of Development. “We see wellness the way we look at internet. Without it you’re obsolete. It’s where we are now and we’re baking it into proforma. The client is everyone, and wellness is in the overall experience.”

For more information, contact Marissa Howe: mhowe@obmi.com or (+1) 305-537-7100.

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Architecture of Imagination


Antigua Business Focus featured OBMI Antigua Managing Director Carina Harney-Rogerson in their 2016 summer publication. The article entitled ‘The Architecture of Imagination’ is an in-depth look at Carina’s architectural styling and inspiration. She discusses her mission, to build future history together with her colleagues and define the region’s architectural and tourism landscape for the coming generations.

Carina shared, “Inspiration is all around me. My most trusted go-to source of inspiration is the experience of living history. I am motivated by the breathtaking views of Shirley Heights, my beautiful manicured gardens, and by objects I discover in nature.”

Being an Antiguan native, Antigua Business Focus’s feature comes with Carina’s recent appointment as Managing Director of the OBMI Antigua office by former Regional Director, Brian D’Ornellas. Leading her staff of architects, architectural technologists, and support staff, Carina focuses on bringing client dreams into reality. Carina’s team has recently worked on a variety of private residences, resorts, and commercial properties in the Caribbean.


Press > A New Generation of Antigua Management Leads OBMI Antigua Operations

A New Generation of Antigua Management Leads OBMI Antigua Operations


Antigua Business Focus features the appointment of Carina Harney-Rogerson to Managing Director of OBM International in Antigua. Supported by Mitch Stuart as Senior Designer and Narisa Francis, Office Manager, Carina will lead operations in the 12-person architectural design office.

Commenting on the announcement, Tim Peck, OBMI’s Chairman said, “Brian D’Ornellas has been the key factor in OBMI’s incredible journey in Antigua and Barbuda over the last 28 years and we’re thrilled for him to be starting this new chapter in continuing to champion development in the region. We are equally delighted that Carina Harney-Rogerson, another born and raised Antiguan, will be leading the company into the next generation of design and client service”.

Carina studied Architecture at University of Miami and joined OBMI Antigua in 1996. While at OBMI, Carina has worked on many signature projects including Carlisle Bay, Pearns Point Residences, ADOMS Building, ABI Financial Centre, and numerous wonderful Caribbean residences.

Press > Andres Osorio Shares Insights at CHRIS Conference

Andres Osorio Shares Insights at CHRIS Conference

Design, People, Investment

OBMI Lead Hospitality Designer Discusses Breathing New Life into Hospitality Assets at CHRIS

Andrés Osorio, OBMI designer and leader in Hospitality Design, joined a leading group of hospitality design and development experts at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami. Osorio spoke to the audience about the best approach for hotel brands to successfully reposition themselves. The panel discussion focused heavily on creating value and breathing new life into resort assets in tropical and island nation locations throughout the region, as well as emerging international design trends.

Osorio shared insights garnered from OBM International’s work throughout the Caribbean including recent work in the renovation of Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Connecting with the local community for specialty programming and creating a plan to preserve the environment were just two of his recommendations.

Press > VIPY Sits Down with OBMI Architect, Marvin Flax

VIPY Sits Down with OBMI Architect, Marvin Flax


Virgin Island Property and Yacht (VIPY) recently featured OBMI Managing Director Marvin Flax in their November issue. The article entitled ‘OBMI: Celebrating 80 Years in the Caribbean’, takes an in-depth look into Marvin’s inspirations and aspirations and OBMI’s role as a leading architectural firm.

Marvin shares, “I want the quality of my work to be synonymous with the stellar reputation OBMI has built. To make this happen, I want to contribute to a continued steady growth that further cements our long-standing 50 years in the BVI. I envision another 50 years of iconic and sustainable projects, which positively contribute to the BVI community.”

Through the article, Marvin walks us through his journey from the BVI, to the States, and back to the BVI, his path always intertwined with that of OBMI, which he eventually ends up leading in his native land.

This article references OBMI as a leading architecture firm, spearheading the local and global ‘structural design’ conversation.

Press > Antigua Business Focus Features Carina Harney, OBMI Managing Director

Antigua Business Focus Features Carina Harney, OBMI Managing Director


Antigua Business Focus recently featured OBMI Managing Director Carina Harney-Rogerson in their May through June 2016 issue. The article titled 'The Architecture of Imagination' takes an in-depth look at Carina's architectural styling and inspiration.

Carina shares, "Inspiration is all around me. My most trusted go-to source of inspiration is the experience of living history. I am motivated by the breathtaking views of Shirley Heights, my beautiful manicured gardens, and by objects I discover in nature."

Through the article, Carina walks us through the OBMI design philosophy and her learning in the company, setting the tone for the present and the future of Antiguan architecture and development. It also describes OBMI’s local team in Antigua, their expertise and office life on the beautiful island.

The article makes reference to OBMI's long tenure in the industry spanning 80 years, beginning in Bermuda. Since its founding in 1936, OBMI has grown into a globally recognized architectural firm serving Caribbean clients large and small while also designing destinations around the globe for luxury travelers.