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Ms. Hajko

Theresa Hajko

Regional Director of Revenue Management, Spire Hospitality

Theresa Hajko has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality industry with nearly two decades of experience dedicated solely to Revenue Management in both property level and regional revenue management positions.  Ms. Hajko joined Spire Hospitality as Regional Director of Revenue Management in 2018.  Spire Hospitality has built an impeccable, industry-wide reputation for its operational excellence and unwavering ability to improve asset performance. It began in 1980, as Lane Hospitality, and quickly gained prominence as outstanding owners and operators of quality hospitality real estate assets.

In her current role Ms. Hajko is responsible for partnering with her hotels to execute the most profitable revenue management strategies and processes for the portfolio of hotels that she oversees.  This includes analysis of revenue/profit maximation for all hotel revenue streams, overall development and implementation of rate strategies and review of group and transient business levels to assure year over year improvement.  This includes maximizing revenue over Special Events, monitoring competitors for shift in strategies and introducing new strategies to drive additional profit.

Prior to joining Spire Hospitality, Ms. Hajko worked for Pillar Hotels and Aimbridge Hospitality as Area Director of Revenue Management demonstrating a proven track record for growing revenue and increasing profitability in the hotels she has worked with.  She relies on this experience to achieve growth in profit contribution for her hotels. 

Ms. Hajko attended the University of Pittsburgh and lives in Pittsburgh, PA.  In her free time Ms. Hajko teaches fitness classes, fosters kittens and volunteers for local animal shelters and enjoys travel.


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

Ms. Hajko can be contacted at +1 412-378-6517 or thajko@spirehotels.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.