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Mr. Kerstiens

Sonny Kerstiens

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Marriott Denver Cherry Creek & Napa Valley

Sonny  Kerstiens is the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing overseeing Colorado's JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and California's Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa.

With more than a 15 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Kerstiens has an exceptional track record of top-line revenue growth, revenue stream creation, group and BT/leisure sales, revenue management, marketing strategy, event management, exceptional customer service levels and owner relations.

Both hotels are managed by Sage Hospitality, one of the nation's top hotel investment and management companies. Mr. Kerstiens has overseen the sales team at the Napa Valley Marriott since 2013. He previously served as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown. 

Mr. Kerstiens has earned numerous honors from Sage Hospitality, including winning the 2017 Sage Hospitality Sales Trendsetter Award for Sales Team Innovation & Performance and the 2016 Sage Hospitality Torch Bearer Award as the Sales & Marketing Leader of the Year and the 2016 Sage Hospitality Mentor of the Year Award.

A graduate of California State University - Chico, Mr. Kerstiens started at the Lodge at Vail as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator before spending more than a decade in sales at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, starting as a Sales Manager in 2002 and eventually being promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing, where he spent more than three years. While Mr. Kerstiens was DOSM at the Vail Marriott, the hotel was honored with the Marriott Global Property Sales Team of the Year award, as well as the Event Management Team of the Year award. 


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

Mr. Kerstiens can be contacted at 866-238-4218 or sonny.kerstiens@sagehospitality

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.