BIO: Managing Director Erich Steinbock
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts appointed Erich Steinbock as Regional Vice President and Managing Director of Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in February 2012. In his regional capacity, he also oversees Rosewood Corniche as well as other development projects in the Kingdom. Erich most recently served as Area Director for Rosewood where he maintained the responsibility of Managing Director of The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York City and area responsibility for Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda.
A hospitality industry veteran, Steinbock joined Rosewood in 2009 as Managing Director of The Carlyle. He previously served 11 years at Ritz-Carlton. After joining the hotel group as Food & Beverage Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Steinbock became General Manager of several properties within the collection and spearheaded the opening of 14 Ritz-Carltons both domestically and internationally. He also served as Vice President of Food & Beverage at the Ritz-Carlton corporate office where he worked on developing concepts and opening restaurants with distinguished chefs Eric Ripert, Laurent Tourandel, Dean Fearing, Wolfgang Puck and others.
Steinbock knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Growing up in Vienna, Austria, his father, a politician who dreamed of owning a restaurant of his own introduced Steinbock to the art of making restaurants into part of his social fabric. These meals with his father sparked a life-long passion for food, one that would span across several decades and continents. Steinbock began his career as waiter’s apprentice in Vienna, followed by seasonal work in Switzerland. After spending two years as a Bar Manager at the Hotel du Cap on the island of Corisca, France, he left Europe behind to cultivate his hospitality career in Bermuda, holding positions as Food & Beverage Manager and Social Director for Elbow Beach Surf Club. Soon, Steinbock moved to the United States, and took the position of Maître d’ at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont before moving on to become Resident Manager at The Huntley Lodge in Big Sky, Montana. He then joined Little America Hotels & Resorts where he held positions as Food & Beverage Manager at Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho and General Manager of The Westgate Hotel in San Diego California. Steinbock continued to follow his passion for food and opened an Italian restaurant in Boise, Idaho.
In 1991, Steinbock returned to Vienna to obtain his MBA at City University of Seattle. While in school, he worked as Director of Sales at Ottakringer, the largest brewery in Vienna, spearheading all Pepsi Cola sales in Austria and approved financial plans for more than 200 restaurants within the company. Upon returning to the United States, he joined Steve Wynn at Mirage Resorts. In Las Vegas, Steinbock worked as Vice President of Food & Beverage at Treasure Island and was instrumental in executing the pre-opening activities for the Bellagio. Soon, Steinbock moved on to the Beverly Hills Hotel in California where he was Director of Food & Beverage.