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Ms. Brewer

Sunny Brewer

Director of Revenue Optimization, Ashford, Inc.

Sunny Brewer is the Director of Revenue Optimization at Ashford, Inc. in Dallas, Texas and supports a portfolio of properties for the growing company. Ms. Brewer is a key member of the Ashford Revenue Optimization and Asset Management leadership team. In the role, she ensures that best-in-class revenue management, digital marketing, distribution, and sales strategies are in place for the portfolio to drive RevPar Index, ancillary revenue growth, and profitability for the assets.

Prior to joining Ashford, Inc., Ms. Brewer spent 12 years with Dallas based hotel management company, Texas Western Hospitality, serving most recently as Vice President of Revenue Optimization. She was directly responsible for revenue strategy, implementation, and oversight of all revenue generation efforts for Texas Western Hospitality's portfolio of 36 hotels.

Ms. Brewer's key areas of responsibility included revenue management, channel optimization,and digital marketing. She has a strong history building effective teams,nurturing talent, and providing leadership to drive superior results. She is a proven change agent with a track record of taking strategic risks and initiating new tactics in a rapidly changing business environment.

Additionally, she sourced and deployed business intelligence platforms to improve forecasting and budgeting for the company. During her tenure she held various positions within the company in operations, revenue management and eCommerce. Texas Western Hospitality also was nominated and recognized as the Marriott's ELITE Revenue Management Team of the Year - Franchise (2017).

Ms. Brewer graduated from University of Texas - Arlington with a degree in Business Administration. She has also served on various boards and advisory councils such as Marriott Digital Franchise Council and Leadership Advisory Board and Hilton RMCC Franchise Advisory Council.


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

Ms. Brewer can be contacted at 972-778-9283 or sbrewer@ashfordinc.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.