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Ms. Kies

Katherine Kies

Corporate Director Food & Drink Innovation Group, PM Hotel Group


Katherine Kies is the Corporate Director of PM Hotel Group's Food + Drink Innovation Group, In this role, Ms. Kies oversees the strategy, ideation and execution of all food and drink performance for the growing portfolio. A true foodie who lives to explore the world via its varied cultures and cuisines, Ms. Kies has led the group since its inception in 2017. Her responsibilities range from design and development consultation to market research, menu concepting and ultimately to managing key performance areas for our existing properties, all while inspiring a passion for innovation and creativity across the group.

A graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel administration with a concentration in hospitality design, Ms.Kies began her career as a pastry chef at a Relais & Chateau in Nantucket, MA. She went on to join Avero, a restaurant analytics and consulting company.There, she partnered with global hospitality teams on optimizing their F&B performance. Her client roster included Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels &Restaurants, the Daniel Boulud Group and Think Food Group.While at Avero her special projects included developing and launching both their e-learning platform and their customer on boarding experience.

Today PM Hotel Group's growing portfolio and robust pipeline include luxury, lifestyle, full and select service hotels across 15 states. The Food + Drink team are challenged to re-think and re-imagine how we deliver all of our food programming-- restaurant, catering and banquet programs. Focused on disrupting the traditional hotel experience while delivering strong financial performance, the team is an integral part of the management company and its commitment to innovation.   

Ms. Kies is currently pursuing an MBA from Columbia University. She serves on the Marriott Food & Beverage Advisory Board, the Hotel F&B Advisory Board, the Junior Council of Children's National Medical Center and the Alumni Council for the Madeira School.


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

Ms. Kies can be contacted at 202-787-3335 or kkies@pmhotelgroup.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.