As the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, John leads the full-service hotels’ sales efforts by striving to generate top-line revenue through developing and executing strategic marketing plans. His responsibilities include working closely with the on-property Directors of Sales & Marketing, collaborating with and reporting to key executives on portfolio’s revenue generators and formulating creative and unique selling methods. Additionally, he assists in achieving ADR goals, helps create marketing plans for new developments and assists in the transitioning of hotels to First Hospitality management.
John has over 15 years of experience in the hotel, restaurant, and convention center industry. Prior to joining First Hospitality, John served as the Senior Marketing Manager where he managed hotels in Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills. Before that, he worked at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as a Senior Sales & Marketing Manager and as an Area Director of Sales & Marketing at OLS Hotels & Resorts. Additionally, he began his professional career as a Lead Financial Analyst at Hunden Strategic Partners, where he was responsible for over 50 hotel and mixed-use development projects. John holds an M.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Roosevelt University and a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
In his free time, John enjoys bicycling, hiking and exploring beaches with his two Pitbulls named Tank and Maya. Additionally, he’s an ardent supporter of the LGBT community.
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