Axis’ teams are customized to each client and the project’s precise and specific needs. All team members are internationally experienced professionals with impressive track records in the hospitality industry.
David I. McMillan, President
A well-regarded veteran of the hotel and resort industry on four Continents and a dozen countries, British-born McMillan has served as the Official Voice of the global hotel and restaurant industry as the CEO of the Paris-based International Hotel & Restaurant Association, is a Member of the Distinguished Alumni of the Waldorf Astoria and was elected a three-term Chairman of the Hotel Association of Canada.
In senior management positions in several major hotels and resorts, he opened the first purpose-built Four Seasons in the world, operated four Hyatt Regency hotels including El Salvador, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and their ‘Flagship’ 700 room Hyatt Regency Acapulco, served two Hilton Hotels in New York, two in Montreal, renovated Jamaica and opened Curacao and ran 60 hotels in a multi-branded Canadian management company expanding strategically early to Cuba and Kenya as they leveraged their 12,000-strong employee base.
Recruited by Cirque du Soleil to pioneer their efforts in developing a series of Cirque-inspired destination hotels while re-inventing their food services in their global travelling shows, David developed a strategic plan for this initiative, which if executed would have seriously compromised the resources of their core business of producing and creating world-class shows around the world. Although the initiative was suspended, the link however of Hospitality and Entertainment was a connection that McMillan has espoused his whole career and certainly was a perfect fit with this great company.
David continues to provide hotel and resort development expertise to a select few resort and hotel projects through Axis Hospitality International, a Toronto-based company that links vast experience from Axis’ connections with exciting projects, typically in a Co-Development role.
Michael J. Beckley, Senior Advisor
Michael Beckley recently retired from Marriott International, a company which he joined in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Lodging Development for Canada. Mr. Beckley had overall development responsibility for all of Marriott’s lodging brands within Canada. During his tenure Marriott grew in Canada from 17 hotels in 2001 to 145 in 2015, including the acquisition of Delta Hotels & Resorts, with a further 26 in various stages of development.
Educated in the UK and a graduate of Westminster Hotel School in London, Michael is a 50 year veteran in the hospitality sector. Over the years he has held various senior positions within the industry in Europe, Bermuda, the West Indies and Canada where he was the President of Commonwealth Hospitality, a multi-brand management company, formerly Commonwealth Holiday Inns of Canada until the company was sold in 1999.
Michael’s thirty four years’ involvement in the industry in Canada has been extensive including Chairman of Experience Canada, which led to the foundation of the Canadian Tourism Commission and Chairman of Ontario’s Tourism Strategy. He has worked closely with faculty and students at both Guelph and Ryerson Universities and Michael Co-Chaired the “Yes Chef” Campaign on behalf of George Brown College with restauranteur, Donna Dooher, raising funds to build the new Chef’s School at the College.
Malcolm Turner, Senior Advisor
Malcolm Turner is an experienced and dynamic industry leader with a 40-year progressive hospitality track record, working for international hotel and resort management companies, including 5 years with Hilton International and 30 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Malcolm, fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish, was born in Buenos Aires and subsequently has travelled to almost 200 countries. Initially educated at the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School he was recruited by Hilton International for a select position as Executive Trainee with Hilton International, based out of their flagship Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal and subsequently moved through a series of management positions at the Sao Paulo, Bogota and Trinidad Hiltons before joining Hyatt International at their flagship Hyatt Regency Acapulco. Following the opening of nine hotels in Mexico under his position as Regional Director of Projects, he was then moved to Chicago’s headquarters as Director of Projects (Operational Design) worldwide and subsequently was dispatched to Tunisia and Morocco before moving to London to start up a Technical Services Office to initiate growth of Hyatt into Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Returning to Hyatt’s Chicago headquarters, Malcolm was appointed Corporate Vice President of Technical Services and held the position through the period of the company going public, and eventually the merging of both Hyatt Hotels (US) and Hyatt International.
Directing a division of 80 professionals of which 20 were on-site Project Managers, Malcolm oversaw the completion of over 100 Hyatt properties including Grand Hyatts, Hyatt Regency and Park Hyatt in over 30 countries. This global responsibility included the selection and oversight of Project Managers, Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Speciality Consultants including design and concepts of restaurants, kitchens, laundries, golf and beach resorts, spas and resort residences. His final task before retiring was the preparation of the Brand Standards under the four brands at Hyatt.
On his retirement from Hyatt, Malcolm returned to the UK to establish a Consulting Centre for design, cost consulting, procurement and construction services for developers and owners for new projects, conversions and upgrades. Projects have included locations in New York, London, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Oman, Qatar, India and Thailand with brands that have included Marriott, Four Seasons and Millenium.
Malcolm’s passions include epic train rides, collecting miniature model Owls from countries visited, and as an avid member of the Century Club has now visited either on business or pleasure. 193 countries and islands, with a lifetime goal of reaching 200. He holds dual UK and US citizenship, has lived and worked in ten countries and currently lives with his Malaysian wife who is also in the hotel design industry.
Michael Wegner, Senior Advisor
Michael Wegner is an experienced and dynamic industry leader with a 35-year progressive hospitality track record, working for international hotel and resort management companies, including IHG, Oberoi, ITT Sheraton and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Mr. Wegner, born and educated in Germany holds a certificate in hotel real estate investment and asset management from Cornell University Hotel & Catering college and completed as well as co-designed several executive education programs with INSEAD business school.
His passion for Food & Beverage management took him from his home town Hannover to London, Kathmandu, Dubai and Gaborone in southern Africa.
Advancing towards hotel general management, Mr. Wegner held various senior management positions in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cairo and Riyadh, before accepting a role with Starwood Hotel & Resorts as Regional Six Sigma leader for Africa and the Middle East.
Being a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holding a certification in Blue Ocean strategy, Mr. Wegner deployed the “first in the service industry” Six Sigma initiative and subsequently managed a portfolio of 45 hotels in the region, generating an average of $ 3 million in incremental cost savings, year over year. Next to the ongoing Six Sigma portfolio management activities, he was responsible for the integration activities of an acquired hotel chain during 2006 and managed these activities from Starwood’s corporate office locations in Cairo and Dubai.
In 2007, he relocated to the Starwood Hotel & Resorts headquarters in Brussels and conceptualized, deployed and managed the New Builds & Transitions department for the Europe, Africa & Middle East division of the company. This newly created department has developed into a true game changer in operational project management, covering all aspects from the lead generation through the deal to the first day of hotel operation. Since the departmental launch, over 90 multi branded hotels, in more than 25 countries have been successfully opened under Michael’s leadership.
Michael continues to provide his expertise also through his Consulting Company StarConsult
Stuart I.D (SID) McMillan, Director.
A dynamic second generation hospitality professional with over ten years’ experience in hotels and two years’ experience in hotel and resort development and financing, Sid lived and breathed the industry growing up with hotelier parents in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. With a client- centric approach and a focus on sustainable growth and profits, Sid has leveraged his industry knowledge and his experience as a successful small business owner to his client’s advantage by analyzing their needs and identifying and overcoming the obstacles separating them from their goals.
As a principal in this hospitality consulting firm specializing in repositioning and rebranding under-performing hotel assets, Sid was involved in all aspects of the business from marketing and business development to sales presentations, brand market research, brand standard audits, sourcing suppliers and executing renovations and re-openings on budget and on schedule. A business merger plan was assembled for a Canadian subsidiary company in Cuba in which Sid was the principal author. Sid was also instrumental in the firm’s expansion into development and financing in 2012.
Prior to joining Axis, Sid co-founded the Banff Airporter, a highly successful transportation company achieving $1 m in annual sales within two years of start up. In charge of 30 employees, Sid designed the company website, implemented a highly successful marketing strategy and set up a customised digital reservation system. Sid sold his share of the company in 2000 to pursue other interests.
Moving to Whistler, Sid pursued his passion for skiing as a ski-guide for Powder Mountain cat-skiing and managing duties for Snowmobile, ATV and Hummer operations for Outdoor Adventures Whistler, later assuming a position as General Manager of Whistler Paintball Adventures.
An avid powder skier and former ski patrol guide, Sid continues his hobby as a recognised Canadian Wildlife Abstract Artist
Celebrating the rich Canadian iconography so abundant in British Columbia’s wilderness, Whistler Creek abstract wildlife artist Sid McMillan fuses traditional painting mediums with photography, digital art, and his signature cave-art mojo to create original, distinctive works which have found homes throughout the Sea-to-Sky corridor and internationally.
With a background as a backcountry ski and wilderness guide after having first come to Whistler with his dad in 1989, Sid began painting abstract bears in 2007 before throwing his hat into the local Sea-to-Sky arts scene.
Sid has been the resident artist at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour in Whistler for over 10 years, a participant in various local art events such as Art Walk, Obstacles at the Point Artist-run Centre, and Art & Soul at the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival, as well as being active as a market artisan vendor in the summertime.
Keep up with Sids’ creative journey on insta @sidmstudios