Robert Thrailkill, General Manager, Hilton Palacio Del Rio, 02/08/2014

Robert Thrailkill, General Manager, Hilton Palacio Del Rio, 02/08/2014

Robert Thrailkill, General Manager, Hilton Palacio Del Rio, 02/08/2014

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A 27-year hospitality veteran, Thrailkill began his hospitality career in front office operations for such premier hotels as the Hilton Boston Logan Airport, Trump’s Castle® Casino in Atlantic City and the Hilton New York in midtown Manhattan. From 1992 to 1997, he assumed a variety of leadership positions for some of Hilton’s flagship properties in the Southern U.S., including Executive Assistant Manager of the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach and Resident Manager at the Hilton Palacio del Rio and the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. In 1998, Robert became general manager of the AAA Four-Diamond Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Texas, was responsible for a technologically advanced, service-focused meeting facility that met the stringent standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC).

As a result, the hotel received many awards during his tenure including the Paragon Award from Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine, the Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Award and the Planners Choice Award from Meeting News. Hilton Hotels Corporation also recognized Robert and his team with the coveted Connie Award (named after company founder Conrad Hilton) for best overall performance by a Hilton airport hotel during 2002. Robert is a graduate of the Conrad Hilton School of Restaurant and Hospitality Management at the University of Houston, where he received a bachelors degree in hotel administration. Thrailkill is married with five children.

Bjorn Dybdahl of Bjorn’s
John Thurman of Heart of Texas Realty

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , and on In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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