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Ms. Kies

Katherine Kies

Corporate Director Food & Drink Innovation Group, PM Hotel Group


Katherine Kies is the Corporate Director of PM Hotel Group's Food + Drink Innovation Group, In this role, Ms. Kies oversees the strategy, ideation and execution of all food and drink performance for the growing portfolio. A true foodie who lives to explore the world via its varied cultures and cuisines, Ms. Kies has led the group since its inception in 2017. Her responsibilities range from design and development consultation to market research, menu concepting and ultimately to managing key performance areas for our existing properties, all while inspiring a passion for innovation and creativity across the group.

A graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel administration with a concentration in hospitality design, Ms.Kies began her career as a pastry chef at a Relais & Chateau in Nantucket, MA. She went on to join Avero, a restaurant analytics and consulting company.There, she partnered with global hospitality teams on optimizing their F&B performance. Her client roster included Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton Hotels &Restaurants, the Daniel Boulud Group and Think Food Group.While at Avero her special projects included developing and launching both their e-learning platform and their customer on boarding experience.

Today PM Hotel Group's growing portfolio and robust pipeline include luxury, lifestyle, full and select service hotels across 15 states. The Food + Drink team are challenged to re-think and re-imagine how we deliver all of our food programming-- restaurant, catering and banquet programs. Focused on disrupting the traditional hotel experience while delivering strong financial performance, the team is an integral part of the management company and its commitment to innovation.   

Ms. Kies is currently pursuing an MBA from Columbia University. She serves on the Marriott Food & Beverage Advisory Board, the Hotel F&B Advisory Board, the Junior Council of Children's National Medical Center and the Alumni Council for the Madeira School.


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

Ms. Kies can be contacted at 202-787-3335 or kkies@pmhotelgroup.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.