Anthony Pellegrino, Ash-The Dean Hotel head of hotels

ROOM SERVICE: The leadership style of Anthony Pellegrino, head of hotels at the Ash-Dean Hotel, is based on being kind, caring and thoughtful. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
ROOM SERVICE: The leadership style of Anthony Pellegrino, head of hotels at the Ash-Dean Hotel, is based on being kind, caring and thoughtful. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023
Anthony Pellegrino
Ash-Dean Hotel

Head of hotels


ANTHONY PELLEGRINO UNDERSTANDS that at the heart of hospitality is people. Whether it’s the guest, the person opening the door for them, or the manager who makes sure everything runs smoothly with traveling and returning to pre-pandemic levels, bringing your best matters to your guests, your employees and yourself, Pellegrino said.

Over the years, Pellegrino has traveled the U.S., built the Ash hotel portfolio and increased the hospitality operations’ capacities. He works on hotel openings, stabilization, ongoing improvements and continued operations of the portfolio, including The Dean Hotel in Providence – Ash’s first hotel.

“Luck favors the prepared,” Pellegrino said. “You have to be ready for it.” This preparedness helped him build teams to grow his portfolio, including The Siren Hotel in Detroit, Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans and the Ulysses in Baltimore. He is also working on new Ash hotel projects in Philadelphia and Richmond, Va.

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Pellegrino grew up in Rhode Island and started his career in the kitchen at Brown University, learning culinary and people skills. There he learned emotional intelligence, anticipating people’s needs, learning from different types of people, and understanding that the heart of the operation came down to the people.

“Working to understand better and develop my emotional intelligence helps me understand others and build efficient, highly motivated teams and world-class operations,” he said.

Pellegrino’s leadership comes down to being kind, caring and thoughtful. He holds these same three tenants in every aspect of his business, each balanced to keep people at the heart of what he does. Most important is that he takes into account the emotional intelligence he learned early on in his career.

“The hotel will always tell you what it needs,” Pellegrino said. “Employees will tell you, and the building will tell you. A good leader is humble and listens.”

Pellegrino also believes in service to others. This service touches every hotel in his portfolio and his philanthropic work. Such work is displayed by Pellegrino as a Rhode Island Hospitality Association board member and Class A volunteer for the Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

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