Michael Albanese first cut his teeth in the luxury hospitality industry at The Paramount Hotel under the ownership of famed hotelier, Ian Schrager. It was there that he began to understand the holistic approach to creating memorable experience for guests, but it wasn’t until he opened Andre Balazs’ The (Mercer) Hotel in SoHo that Michael came into his own as a renowned luxury concierge. During his employment, Michael embraced the alchemy and “magic” created when combining the right aesthetic, style, quality and service at a hospitality establishment – the simple hotel stay or a meal could evolve to become an indelible experience. As the co-founder of Element Lifestyle, Michael is passionately hands-on and is consistently pushing the boundary of what is considered beyond the call of duty. A man of curiosity and creativity, Michael is also a published writer, produced playwright and film producer in his spare time. Michael lives between Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Element Lifestyle & Folklore Entertainment

Business development, vision/ideas, team leadership, client services

Client services, travel expertise, detail-oriented, brainstorming outside the box, creating memorable and meaningful experiences, telling stories