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Ms. D'Agostino

Monika D'Agostino

Chief Consultative Sales Officer, Consultative Sales Academy

Monika D'Agostino is a key business analyst with international expertise, specializing in consultative selling and elevating the reputation of sales and its practitioners. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to the states in 1994 where she quickly embraced the fast-paced business environment without losing sight of her European roots and remembering that in the end it is people who matter. Her career started in public relations and after a couple of years co-managing a PR agency in New York she stumbled upon the sales profession, selling PR measurement to top marketing people. Her lack of sales experience actually served as an advantage and since then Monika's sales experience has been a fun and rewarding journey. Ms. D'Agostino's passion is sales and helping companies understand that embracing solution selling will not only help their reputation, but also provide a safe and sound environment for sales and customer service reps to be successful. Recently, her company The Consultative Sales Academy where she acts as the Chief Consultative Sales officer launched the Consultative Sales Certification Program to help sales and client facing people embrace, utilize and optimize a consultative sales approach. Her main expertise lies in helping companies break into new markets, industries and identifying decision makers for their service offering. Due to her heritage, she brings a lot of international knowledge to her portfolio, which is important to companies who want to spread their wings internationally. The business environment in Europe is still fundamentally different to that in the US and knowing the cultural nuances is crucial to the success of a project. Ms. D'Agostino's approach is very strategic and bottom-line oriented. Even when she brings public relations into the mix, she makes sure that it is not self serving but contributes to the end result and the bottom line. Goals will be identified and the results will show an increase in business, understanding your market better, and/or expanding your service offering. Ms. D'Agostino was recently featured in the Sales Excellence Magazine and in The Measurement Standard.

Ms. D'Agostino can be contacted at 203-299-1645 or monikad@consultativesales.net

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.