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Ms. Farley

Tammy Farley

Co-Founder and President, The Rainmaker Group

Tammy Farley co-founded The Rainmaker Group in 1998 and serves as its president. She spearheads all sales, marketing and customer-related operations for the organization, which is the market leader in profit optimization solutions serving hotel, casino hotel, resort, and multifamily housing operators. Ms. Farley is someone who always goes the extra mile for a customer or a cause, and in fact once walked 60 miles alongside a client to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. She brings that same drive and energy to Rainmaker, and her expert stewardship, along with that of co-founder Bruce Barfield, has earned their company a spot among the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies for five consecutive years. Ms. Farley prides herself on delivering on Rainmaker's promises to clients and on creating a great place to work. She brings her passion for community involvement into the workplace, spurring her team on at Habitat for Humanity build events, partnering with Make-a-Wish Georgia to make a four-year-old's Disney and Legoland wish come true, and inviting a former wish recipient to speak at Rainmaker's annual kick-off meeting. A widely acknowledged expert in revenue management technologies in the travel industry, Ms. Farley is a frequent and passionate speaker at industry and academic conferences. She is a highly respected resource for innovative revenue management practices, particularly in the casino, hotel and resort markets. Her expertise in that arena led to her recognition in 2012 as a Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader. Ms. Farley often takes the wheel of Rainmaker's Twitter handle to share insights on topics from leadership and strategy to great business ideas. She serves on the board of directors for HSMAI and participates in the Gaming & Leisure CIO Roundtable. She also is vice chair and incoming chair of the Georgia Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ms. Farley graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in political science. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and, during college breaks, her daughter Grace. She loves to travel, and when visiting Grace in New York City, the two bond over shopping expeditions that allow Ms. Farley to explore the world of fashion through her daughter's eyes. A work-out fiend, she particularly enjoys putting pedal to the metal at Flywheel. Please visit www.letitrain.com for more information.

Ms. Farley can be contacted at 678-578-5700 or tammy.farley@letitrain.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.