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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.