Leadership

Principals

Keith Menin

Keith Menin Menin Hotels

Few young visionary hoteliers have had an impact on their industry, and especially on the revival of South Beach’s iconic properties, than Keith Menin of Menin Hospitality. Lauded as one of the top new generation hoteliers, Keith’s rapidly expanding portfolio of acclaimed destinations is not only pioneering the modern day preservation of historic properties, but is also providing new distinctive experiences for today’s discerning traveler.

With family roots deeply embedded in South Florida’s hotel industry since the pivotal 1920’s, Miami-born Keith began to learn the fundamentals of a hotelier at a young age. Keith began his hospitality career at 15 years of age while tending the front desk of Shelborne South Beach. His uncle and mentor Russell Galbut was operating the hotel at that time and took him under his wing, exposing him to the regimen of a hotel operator by way of the family business – Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s largest developers and marketers of high-rise, multifamily housing and hotels.

Keith enrolled in the prestigious hotel school Cornell University and upon graduation joined forces with his cousin Jared Galbut who shared in a similar vision for their future within the hotel industry. Before the age of 25, they acquired Sanctuary South Beach and focused their dynamic energy into successfully reinventing a nursing home into a chic 30-room, all-suite boutique hotel and flawlessly executing a luxury, jet setter guest experience.

Realizing the potential of their partnership, Keith and Jared then took on another boutique property, Raffaello Chicago. Jared moved to Chicago to oversee Raffaello’s development onsite and also traveled back and forth to assist in managing Sanctuary South Beach alongside Keith who was given the opportunity to work on the resurgence of Mondrian South Beach. The $50 million renovation of Mondrian received critical acclaim for its innovation and uniquely developed perspective of a historic property, becoming further inspiration for Keith’s objective of breathing new life into timeless hotels.

On the heels of their multiple successes with Sanctuary South Beach, Raffaello Chicago and Mondrian South Beach, the duo formed Menin Hospitality and began evolving at an incredible pace. They redeveloped esteemed properties including Bentley South Beach, Shelborne South Beach and most recently Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel. The 2012 opening of Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel ushered in the age of straightforward, thoughtfully conceived luxury boutique hotels and established Keith’s reputation as a prescient hotel magnate with a fresh vision.

With an innate sense of fashion and an eye for detail, Keith has applied his knowledge, dedication and expertise to Menin Hospitality ever-expanding, diverse portfolio of hotel destinations and multiple dining and nightlife locations including Vesper, Pizza Bar, Lucy’s Cantina Royale, Drumbar and Radio Bar. Keith’s projects have received accolades for developing some of the internationally known “it” list locations in Chicago and Miami, and with a number of projects in the works, Keith does not show signs of slowing. While continuously traveling from city to city to find properties, Keith has been on the Advisory Board for the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority sharing his travels to help encourage, develop and promote the image of Miami Beach.

Keith currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.

Jared Galbut

Jared Galbut Managing Principal of Shelborne South Beach

Jared Galbut is Managing Principal of Menin Hospitality, a full service hospitality management company based in Miami Beach, Florida. He was literally born into the industry as the nephew of Russell Galbut, founder of Crescent Heights, one of the nation’s largest developers of high-rise, multifamily housing and hotels in Miami Beach. Jared started in the business at the early age of 15, working in acquisitions which later led him through school and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Miami.

With an understandable love for the hospitality industry, Jared then took his skills acquired and relocated to Illinois to develop Raffaello Chicago. Throughout his role as Chicago’s youngest General Manager, Jared oversaw many of its pivotal moments during Chicago’s “build to boom” stage when the condo-hotel was recognized as the only fully sold-out property and one of only three condo-hotels to survive the market. The entire project included the renovation of 176 rooms, an impressive lobby facelift that claims original architectural details, restaurant, day spa, lobby bar, business center and gym.

While maintaining the success of this new venture, Jared sought out further opportunities in Miami Beach that naturally led to a partnership with cousin Keith Menin, also an emerging hotelier. Between the two of them and bringing forth an expertise from different facets of the industry, they acquired Sanctuary South Beach where they reinvented a nursing home into a chic 30-room, all-suite boutique hotel in 2005. This achievement and long-time vision, helped to then develop Menin Hotels, a full service hospitality management company with a mission to preserve yet modernize hotels and the overall hotel experience, initially in Miami Beach.
In late 2011, Menin Hotels invested in Shelborne South Beach for its legendary lineage and helped to preserve its history through a two-year, $20 million reconstruction in conjunction with the hotel’s 70th anniversary. Within only one year Menin Hotels continued the momentum and Gale South Beach & Regent Hotel opened its doors following a complete $35 million restoration. Originally built in 1941, the historic property is located in the heart of South Beach.

Though still keeping Chicago top-of-mind, Jared returned during the Summer of 2012 for the launch of Drumbar at Raffaello Chicago, a speakeasy-style lounge with an extensive cocktail menu and collection of fine bourbons, scotch and whiskey. Active for only seven months, Drumbar had successfully developed a national reputation as a hot-spot among locals and tourists, also voted “Best Bar in America” by Details magazine.
Jared boasts an untrained intuition for hospitality development in addition to more than a decade of extensive knowledge and experience in organizational and operational management. Jared has been given the ability to understand the importance of history, but look to the future as they continue to grow and expand. Presently, Jared oversees over five hotels under the Menin Hotels portfolio including Bentley South Beach, Sanctuary South Beach, Shelborne South Beach, Gale South Beach and Raffaello Chicago as well as its restaurants and nightlife such as Pizza Bar, Radio Bar and Drumbar Chicago.

In addition to Jared’s plans to bring his movement to other cities and countries he is locally involved as the President of the Miami Beach Tax Payers Association, Board of Directors Member for the Greater Miami Hospitality Association and a Member of the Miami Beach Convention Center Advisory Board.