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Ms. Farley

Jill Farley

Director of Sales & Marketing, Kinzie Hotel

Jill Farley is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Kinzie Hotel located in the heart of Chicago's bustling River North neighborhood. The 215-room independent, which is named after Chicago's first citizen, John Kinzie, features a Chicago-centric identity and an art-forward, contemporary design. A native of the Chicago/NW Indiana area, Ms. Farley brings 10 plus years of hospitality experience to the Kinzie Hotel. Having begun in the hospitality industry as a server with the Four Seasons Chicago, Ms. Farley had an opportunity to continue with Four Seasons San Francisco in their catering department. As the foundation, the Four Seasons taught her the importance of guest experience and expectations. After three years with Four Seasons, Ms. Farley joined the Westin San Francisco team as catering manager and later, group sales manager. With a concentration in the Northern California market, her focus was on the technology, pharmaceutical, and finance segments. Working with top meeting professionals, she gained the knowledge and importance of relationships and negotiations. We all like to work with people we enjoy to be around. If it's fun, it's not work at all. After six years in San Francisco, it was time to come home to Chicago. Ms. Farley joined White Lodging management company in Chicago overseeing a campus of ten hotels. Managing five brands of both full and select service hotels, this is where she fine-tuned her business strategy while leading a team of ten to success. Now as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Kinzie Hotel, Ms. Farley is able to maximize her creative side. Not having the limitation of brand restrictions, she has the flexibility to offer guests endless opportunities and authentic Chicago experiences - reinforcing Kinzie's Chicago Starts Here mantra.

Please visit http://www.kinziehotel.com for more information.

Ms. Farley can be contacted at 312-395-9000 or info@kinziehotel.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.