Ute Jacobs is a key player in Berlin’s hotel scene. Born in Berlin in 1962, she started off in the field with a hotel administration apprenticeship at the Hotel Schweizerhof Berlin. Afterwards she took on the position of Sales Director at Schweizerhof and then later at the Hotel Intercontinental Berlin. Ms Jacobs’s move in 1990 to the Hotel Palace Berlin as its Marketing Director signalled her entry into the private hotel sector. Following a brief interval in the world of theatrical musicals in 1994, she became Marketing Director at the Estrel Hotel in 1995. Since September 1st, 1996 Ms Jacobs and Mr Thomas Brückner have shared the Managing Director duties at the Estrel Berlin, with Ms Jacobs’s primary focus on the Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and HR departments.
Thomas Brückner, a hotelier from his heart & soul, was born in Baden-Baden in 1965. Mr Brückner grew up in Wiesbaden and completed his hotel administration apprenticeship at the Hotel Sonnenhof in Königstein. After spending a year working in the kitchen at the Steigenberger Inselhotel in Konstanz he moved on to a variety of positions in the Food & Beverages and Controlling departments at the Hotel Intercontinental in Frankfurt. In 1990 Mr Brückner transferred to the Hotel Intercontinental Berlin as its Assistant Commercial Director. One year later he took on the same position at Berlin’s Opernpalais where he was promoted in 1994 to the position of Managing Director, playing a crucial role in the implementation of the Opernpalais’s acclaimed six-restaurant concept. In 1995 Mr Brückner joined the Radisson SAS Hotel in Berlin as Food & Beverage Manager before taking on his shared role with Ms Ute Jacobs on September 1st, 1996 as co-Managing Directors of the Estrel Hotel. Mr Brückner’s main responsibilities in this unique management team cover the Controlling and Food & Beverage departments.