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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.