The Art of Balancing Profession and Passion – George Dfouni

Balancing a multifunctional mind is not everybody’s cup of tea. It requires persistence, hard work, and dedication to handle multiple passions at a time. A person must have a broad and active working mindset to juggle responsibilities and take multiple decisions at the same time. The majority often find themselves under pressure for doing too much simultaneously, but a select few enjoy the pressure and take it as a challenge to overcome.

For a multipotentialite or a multitalented personality, having more than one passion is a norm and something that they find interesting. Having interests in more than one area keeps them motivated and driven to achieve more and more. They have a thirst for the passion that cannot be quenched and keeps increasing after every learning. Out of the few who like portraying themselves as a multipotentialite is George Dfouni, a renowned hotelier, musician, director, and author. George Dfouni is an energetic and passionate personality who does not settle for anything less than perfection and is always driven to learn more and perform even better.

A Hotelier

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, George Dfouni was passionate about being a hotelier from his childhood. He often traveled to Europe and stayed in luxurious hotels with his mother. The hotel’s operations and services fascinated him, so he decided from a very young age his field of interest. After completing his basic schooling in Lebanon, he moved to London to further his education. Here he obtained his Master’s degree in Hotel Management and Catering. He secured a Sheraton Corporation job due to his fluent French, Arabic, Italian, and English. His expertise and proficiency promoted him to the Assistant General Manager position at Sheraton Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. After that, he moved to Sheraton Center Hotel and Towers in New York. His next stop was at the Essex House, The New York Vista Hotel, and The Mansfield.

Because of George Dfouni’s experience, and eagerness, in 1996, he was offered a General Manager role at the Ameritania Hotel. With his expertise and excellent work ethic he was able to renovate, transform and reposition the hotel from a 2-star tourist hotel into a 4-star boutique hotel. In 1999 he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Amsterdam Hospitality Group. He was given this role for his sense of hospitality management experience and leadership skills. Dfouni leads this company from the ownership of one hotel to a profitable hotel chain; eleven non-branded boutique hotels, two Starwood branded hotels, and two large residential rental communities in New York City and Miami, Florida.

George Dfouni was responsible for $420 million in gross revenue, including the management of 1700 team members. His duties entailed directing property conversions, recruiting management personnel, and establishing policies and procedures for all departments. He was an all-rounder and negotiated with new lenders to refinance existing mortgages to raise capital, proposed and implemented member assessment to increase capital funds available for various projects. Twenty years later, he achieved his goals, and resigned in 2015 from the Amsterdam Hospitality to seek new challenges within both the hospitality and music industries.

A Musician

Music was George Dfouni’s next venture. As he grew up in two contrasting countries Lebanon and England, his musical tastes were more like fusion. In 2009 Dfouni began singing and transformed his dream into reality. As he had a knack for learning and being self-sufficient, he used his creativity to write and compose some of his songs, as well as direct his music videos.

In 2012, Dfouni released his self-produced album ‘Noah’s Ark,’ which consisted of songs that were recorded in Istanbul, New York, and Beirut. George received appreciation and recognition for his album from the press as well as several prominent Lebanese celebrities, composers, and lyricists.

With his growing popularity among the masses, a loyal fan base, and an absence of almost two years, in December 2020, George surprised his fans with a track named ‘Mesh Rah Edaaf.’ The song was written and composed by one of Lebanon’s top lyricists Tony Abi Karam, arranged by Boudi Naoum, and was recorded in New York. It was released on Arabic radio stations all across the world.

Not being a professionally trained vocalist, George’s skills as a musician excelled with time. More than forty of his seventy-six songs reached the top ten list in Lebanon and the Middle East, and he has collaborated with the Arab industry’s most famous singers and musicians.

An Author

In addition, to his talents, Dfouni is also a profound writer. His book ‘Hard Lesson’ was published in 2018. His book received rave reviews from The Book Review Club. Hard Lessons is an autobiography that covers the ups and downs of his life. Through his book, he aims to teach inspiring young individuals the harsh lessons of life and coping with them.

George Dfouni, with his diverse skillset, is an inspiration for many young individuals who aspire to achieve more and believe in their dreams. Currently, he is residing in the States and is working on releasing his new album and book as well as making his new hotel venture reach new heights of success.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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