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Mr. Manderfeld

John Manderfeld

President, Marin Management Inc.

John Manderfeld is a 35-year veteran of the lodging industry and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) as recognized by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association. His career includes 11 years in food-and-beverage operations and sales with Westin Hotels and Resorts and the position of vice president for two major hotel development and management companies. As vice president food and beverage for Metro Hotels, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for more than 40 restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and lounges. As regional vice president of operations for Mariner Corporation, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for 12 hotels with 2,200 employees, 3,270 rooms and a total asset value of $210,000,000. Mr. Manderfeld served for three years on the Advisory Committee for Orange Coast College's Hotel and Restaurant School, advising the college on curriculum, intern programs and other academic issues. He has been a public speaker and seminar presenter for the lodging industry's most prominent trade associations, including the Texas Association of Hospitality Accountants, Western Lodging Show, the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA), the California Department of Education and California Lodging Expo and Conference. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Lodging Industry Association from 1996 through 2000 and from 2003 to the present. Mr. Manderfeld was a member of CLIA's Executive Committee from 1997 through 1999, serving first as vice president, then as the association's president in 1998. He has chaired CLIA's Executive Committee, Internet and Technology Committee, Membership Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Nominating Committee the Bylaws/Standard Operating Policies Committee, Education Committee, Government Affairs Committee and various ad hoc committees. Mr. Manderfeld also served as a member of the California Hotel & Motel Association's Allied Member Committee and Education and Training Committee. In 2002, he was selected as co-recipient of the California Lodging Industry Association's Chairman's Award in recognition for his contribution to the lodging industry and the association. He now serves on several committees, including the government affairs committee. In December 2004, the California Department of Education Home Economics and Technology (HECT) group awarded John Manderfeld its annual Business & Industry Friend Award for his three years of work as a speaker at HECT events and assistance developing high school curriculum. As a trainer and technical author, he has developed numerous training programs and procedural manuals on the subjects of hotel supervision, financial controls, sales, marketing, risk management, product specifications, maintenance and guest service. John Manderfeld founded Marin Management, Inc. in July 1990. Marin Management, Inc., a California corporation, was created to provide a variety of management, consulting, development and support services for the lodging and restaurant industries. Immediately after forming the company, Marin Management, Inc. was selected to manage the new four-star Mayfair Suites hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This all-suite, 184-room luxury hotel was affiliated with Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Today, Marin Management, Inc. manages and markets for more than 20 hotels and advises a diverse portfolio of luxury restaurant and hotel owners and motel owner-operators on issues such as development, capital improvements, acquisition, marketing, training and technology management.Marin Management, Inc. is a member of the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) and the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the California Society of Association Executives (CSAE). Marin Management, Inc. is based in Marin County, California, four miles north of San Francisco.

Mr. Manderfeld can be contacted at 415-331-1061 or jmanderfeld@hotelpros.biz

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.