Rio has more than 30 years of training and experience in the hotel, serviced apartment and tourism industries inclusing two years as a corporate marketing and information systems specialist at the head quarter of Hilton International. Through posts in Jakarta, Nusa Dua (Bali), Colombo (Sri Lanka), New York, Washington D.C., Newark (New Jersey) and Tokyo, Rio has been exposed to management of fine hotels with Hilton International, Hyatt International, Mandarin Oriental, Imperial of Tokyo and Accor. More recently, Rio was responsible as the Director of Operations for the development of the Ascott Jakarta condominium and serviced apartment project. He also served as a director at PT Procon Indah/Jones Long LaSalle (Jones Lang Wootton then) International Property Consultants in Jakarta. His areas of specialty were Residential Sales and Leasing and Office Leasing.
Before joining Accor in May of 2013, for 15 years since 1998, Rio represented Horwath HTL (Horwath Asia Pacific then) in Jakarta where he has focused on the marketing, business development and execution of market and financial feasibility studies, hotel operator search and negotiation, valuations, operational audits, portfolio reviews, strategic hotel asset management planning and hotl due diligence for acquisition in Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta and Bandung.
Since 1998 Rio has been actively involved as Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) starting with the Jakarta Chapter and later since 2002 in the central board of the association, including involvement in the tourism chamber of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) in 2009 and 2010. Rio is one of a handful of certified assessors for hotel's star classification and has assessed over 50 hotels throughout Indonesia since 2003.