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Mr. Robinette

Del Robinette

Vice President Sales & Marketing, Hospitality Management Corporation

Del Robinette is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Hospitality Management Corporation (HMC). Founded in 1971, HMC is a privately owned independent management company and one of the oldest and most well established in the lodging industry. His main responsibilities include supervision of the sales and marketing revenue generation goals of the company, talent development, marketing and promotional opportunities, brand relationships and ownership expectations across HMC's portfolio.

Throughout his career, Mr. Robinette has spent a majority of his focus in the sales discipline, from grass roots and pre-opening experience to revitalization and sales efforts in distressed hotel environments. Under Mr. Robinette's leadership his teams have won several awards including Sales Team of the Year for the Crowne Plaza brand in 2008 and in 2010, and Del was recognized as Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year in 2011.

Mr. Robinette's extensive experience in the hospitality industry has led to developing the best possible mutli-layered sales approaches to ensure there is comprehensive coverage of all facets of sales and revenue generation. He is also expert in leveraging brand tools and understanding brand metrics, focusing on key and target account penetration and repositioning post-brand migration and renovation.

Some additional key areas of focus in his role are driving positive RevPar and market share results across the entire HMC portfolio. Training and developing sales leaders in the field are also a top priority along with implementing and executing strategic sales plans to enhance profitability for each of the hotels.

Lastly, Mr. Robinette oversees setting strategic direction for the various properties through annual budgeting processes and creating reliable and result-focused annual marketing plans.

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

Mr. Robinette can be contacted at 972-934-2040 or drobinette@hospitalitymgt.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.