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Mr. Kerstiens

Sonny Kerstiens

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing, Marriott Denver Cherry Creek & Napa Valley

Sonny  Kerstiens is the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing overseeing Colorado's JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek and California's Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa.

With more than a 15 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Kerstiens has an exceptional track record of top-line revenue growth, revenue stream creation, group and BT/leisure sales, revenue management, marketing strategy, event management, exceptional customer service levels and owner relations.

Both hotels are managed by Sage Hospitality, one of the nation's top hotel investment and management companies. Mr. Kerstiens has overseen the sales team at the Napa Valley Marriott since 2013. He previously served as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown. 

Mr. Kerstiens has earned numerous honors from Sage Hospitality, including winning the 2017 Sage Hospitality Sales Trendsetter Award for Sales Team Innovation & Performance and the 2016 Sage Hospitality Torch Bearer Award as the Sales & Marketing Leader of the Year and the 2016 Sage Hospitality Mentor of the Year Award.

A graduate of California State University - Chico, Mr. Kerstiens started at the Lodge at Vail as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator before spending more than a decade in sales at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, starting as a Sales Manager in 2002 and eventually being promoted to the position of Director of Sales & Marketing, where he spent more than three years. While Mr. Kerstiens was DOSM at the Vail Marriott, the hotel was honored with the Marriott Global Property Sales Team of the Year award, as well as the Event Management Team of the Year award. 


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

Mr. Kerstiens can be contacted at 866-238-4218 or sonny.kerstiens@sagehospitality

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.