Having grown up in the corridors and reception areas of Cape Town hotels, Guy Stehlik is no stranger to the hospitality industry. In fact, he attributes his passion to the years spent working in the hotels his father managed – his first job was as a bellboy at the age of 7 at The Heerengracht Hotel – and affectionately refers to himself as a “hotel brat”. After matriculating at Bishops and completing his two years’ national service for the South African Navy, the Cape Town-bred hotelier studied at Stellenbosch University and the Wits Hotel School in Johannesburg. Eager for knowledge, Guy made his way to Cornell University in New York where he was first exposed to and captivated by the new art of Revenue Management that was pioneered in the USA.
Guy’s first general manager position came in 1999 at the Protea Hotel Strand Beach in Gordon’s Bay, a challenging position as the hotel required an urgent turn-around. Here a profound relationship was formed with John Saliba, who was the Regional Manager at the time and is now a founding member of the BON Hotels team.