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Ms. Moniz

Rachel Moniz

VP Luxury Lifestyle / Independent Brands & F&B, HEI Hotels & Resorts

Rachel Moniz is the Vice President of Luxury, Lifestyle & Independent Brands & Food & Beverage at HEI Hotels & Resorts. Ms. Moniz works on several independently and soft branded properties to define the brand identity and positioning of the hotel within the market, leading the branding and marketing initiatives for all aspects of HEI's Independent Brands Portfolio, including: The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston; The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago; The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vermont; The Whitley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead; Hotel Republic (San Diego); The Stoneleigh (Dallas); and Hotel Crescent Court (Dallas).

Via creative and compelling branding initiatives, Ms. Moniz promotes the luxury accommodations and attentive service, prime location and community relationships, unique story angles, and exciting food and beverage outlets at these distinctive properties. By creating customized associate service culture training, Ms. Moniz is able to orientate the individual property teams with their hotel's brand DNA and the delivery of the brand message through empathy, trip personas, and overall emotional connections with guests.

In 2006, Ms. Moniz opened the celebrated Ivy Hotel in San Diego, California. As part of the pre-opening team, she launched the luxury hotel and popular nightclub to national acclaim. During her three year tenure as Hotel Manager at the Ivy, Ms. Moniz built the infrastructure of the hotel's operations team and managed day-to-day hotel business and guest relations. Prior to the Ivy, Ms. Moniz was the Director of Operations at the W hotel, also in San Diego. Here she oversaw daily hotel operations, while continually focusing on achieving hotel profitability through revenue generation, cost control and guest satisfaction. Prior to the W, Ms. Moniz lived in Colorado and was the Rooms Director at the St. Regis Aspen, where she managed operations.

Based in Massachusetts with her husband and their six children, Ms. Moniz and her family are involved with a variety of local charities, including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, and the Boston Esplanade Community Clean-Up.

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

Ms. Moniz can be contacted at 617-838-2422 or rmoniz@heihotels.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.