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Mr. Guyer

Brian Guyer

Sales Manager, Commercial Projects, Window & Door Business Unit, Rehau, Inc.

Brian L. Guyer is sales manager for the commercial windows and doors strategic business unit at REHAU. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Mr. Guyer has signed a number of major accounts to multi-year contracts with REHAU and has expanded select product lines into new market regions and segments.

Prior to joining REHAU, Mr. Guyer was vice president of sales and marketing at Jamison Door Company in Hagerstown, MD, where he led product development, introduced new product lines and developed a multi-dimensional marketing program for the company to include publicity, trade shows and direct marketing. As a market research analyst at Jerr-Dan Corporation, Greencastle, PA from 1995-97, Mr. Guyer played a key role in the development and expansion of standard duty carrier product portfolio to include Steel Best in Class (BIC) 5-ton carrier, Steel Rustler and Aluminum Pioneer Dual Angle Carrier. He initiated government sales activity with General Services Administration (received first ever contract worth over $500K) and conducted competitive intelligence that was used to develop product strategies to increase market share.

Mr. Guyer held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Hagerstown Kitchens, Hagerstown, MD from 1992-94, where he completely revamped the company's product portfolio, re-focusing and re-positioning emerging products and solidifying top performing products. He established an exclusive partnership with The Home Depot to create a private label cabinet brand, Custom Craft Cabinetry, which expanded product awareness and distribution into new market regions.

From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Guyer held marketing positions with American Woodmark, Inc. in Winchester VA and at HBP, Inc. in Hagerstown, MD. In these positions, he focused on consumer research that helped to shape merchandizing strategies as well as corporate imaging and branding efforts.

Mr. Guyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Shepherd University and an MBA from Mount Saint Mary's University.

Mr. Guyer can be contacted at 800-247-9445 or rehau.mailbox@rehau.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.