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Mr. Manderfeld

John Manderfeld

President, Marin Management Inc.

John Manderfeld is a 35-year veteran of the lodging industry and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) as recognized by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association. His career includes 11 years in food-and-beverage operations and sales with Westin Hotels and Resorts and the position of vice president for two major hotel development and management companies. As vice president food and beverage for Metro Hotels, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for more than 40 restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and lounges. As regional vice president of operations for Mariner Corporation, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for 12 hotels with 2,200 employees, 3,270 rooms and a total asset value of $210,000,000. Mr. Manderfeld served for three years on the Advisory Committee for Orange Coast College's Hotel and Restaurant School, advising the college on curriculum, intern programs and other academic issues. He has been a public speaker and seminar presenter for the lodging industry's most prominent trade associations, including the Texas Association of Hospitality Accountants, Western Lodging Show, the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA), the California Department of Education and California Lodging Expo and Conference. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Lodging Industry Association from 1996 through 2000 and from 2003 to the present. Mr. Manderfeld was a member of CLIA's Executive Committee from 1997 through 1999, serving first as vice president, then as the association's president in 1998. He has chaired CLIA's Executive Committee, Internet and Technology Committee, Membership Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Nominating Committee the Bylaws/Standard Operating Policies Committee, Education Committee, Government Affairs Committee and various ad hoc committees. Mr. Manderfeld also served as a member of the California Hotel & Motel Association's Allied Member Committee and Education and Training Committee. In 2002, he was selected as co-recipient of the California Lodging Industry Association's Chairman's Award in recognition for his contribution to the lodging industry and the association. He now serves on several committees, including the government affairs committee. In December 2004, the California Department of Education Home Economics and Technology (HECT) group awarded John Manderfeld its annual Business & Industry Friend Award for his three years of work as a speaker at HECT events and assistance developing high school curriculum. As a trainer and technical author, he has developed numerous training programs and procedural manuals on the subjects of hotel supervision, financial controls, sales, marketing, risk management, product specifications, maintenance and guest service. John Manderfeld founded Marin Management, Inc. in July 1990. Marin Management, Inc., a California corporation, was created to provide a variety of management, consulting, development and support services for the lodging and restaurant industries. Immediately after forming the company, Marin Management, Inc. was selected to manage the new four-star Mayfair Suites hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This all-suite, 184-room luxury hotel was affiliated with Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Today, Marin Management, Inc. manages and markets for more than 20 hotels and advises a diverse portfolio of luxury restaurant and hotel owners and motel owner-operators on issues such as development, capital improvements, acquisition, marketing, training and technology management.Marin Management, Inc. is a member of the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) and the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the California Society of Association Executives (CSAE). Marin Management, Inc. is based in Marin County, California, four miles north of San Francisco.

Mr. Manderfeld can be contacted at 415-331-1061 or jmanderfeld@hotelpros.biz

Coming up in June 2020...

Sales & Marketing: Technology Rules

It is impossible for any hotel to develop an effective sales and marketing plan that doesn't include a wide-ranging digital strategy. Online platforms have impacted virtually every aspect of their business, due to major changes in how Internet users research, plan, and book their hotel visits. As a result, a successful plan includes generating traffic through the use of a hotel website, social media, email and a myriad of other digital marketing technologies. One such strategy uses data collection and automation technology to create personalized content to individual customers. The goal of personalization marketing is to engage potential customers by communicating with them as individuals - to establish a more personal relationship - as a way of encouraging them to visit a property. Video marketing is also extremely important. Showing someone authentic video from a specific location is immersive and engaging, and video is still the preferred way for customers to interact with a hotel brand. Voice and Visual Search are increasingly in demand, as consumers are moving away from typing queries into a search engine. Instead, they can simply speak their request into their phone, and find and book a hotel without ever typing a word. Similarly, other platforms allow consumers to search visually for almost any image, and find out pricing information, shopping comparisons and how-to-buy - all from the app. The adoption of Artificial Intelligence is also becoming popular. The ability of chatbots to answer simple questions or fulfill requests 24/7 is undeniably appealing. In addition, A.I. seems best positioned to qualify leads that can be later nurtured and closed by a human sales expert - all at a fraction of the cost of a traditional support team. The June Hotel Business Review will examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating these innovative technologies into their operations.