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Mr. Kmiec

Jeff Kmiec

President & Managing Director, The Greenbrier

Jeff Kmiec joined The Greenbrier in August 2009 as vice president of sales and marketing and was quickly promoted to vice president and managing director by resort owner Jim Justice. In 2010, Mr. Kmiec led the resort's team through events such as the grand opening of the Casino Club and the inaugural Greenbrier Classic. Also under his leadership, The Greenbrier's social and group bookings have set all-time records and continue to grow. Mr. Justice promoted Mr. Kmiec to president and managing director in January 2011. A resident of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Mr. Kmiec is active in numerous industry associations. A member of the board of directors for the West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association, he is also the Lodging Division President and AHLA Board Representative. He is also on the board of directors for the Greenbrier County Airport Authority and Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prior to The Greenbrier, Mr. Kmiec was the resort director of sales and marketing for Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa where he was responsible for the redevelopment, repositioning and implementation of the sales, marketing and public relations efforts. A hospitality sales and marketing veteran, Mr. Kmiec has also served as vice president of sales and marketing for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort as well as its parent company, 84 Lumber. Mr. Kmiec's leadership of the group sales efforts at both Sawgrass and Nemacolin resulted in resort sales records. Sawgrass and Nemacolin also provided him with extensive experience with PGA TOUR events, particularly the 84 Lumber Classic, and have been integral in his leadership of The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event.

Mr. Kmiec can be contacted at 304-536-7857 or jeff_kmiec@greenbrier.com

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.