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Mr. Kofsky

Michael Kofsky

Director of Sales & Marketing, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Michael Kofsky has been with Hyatt Hotels for over ten years sharing his expertise in hospitality and proven dedication to the renowned brand at several destinations throughout the country. Mr. Kofsky has worked with Hyatt Regency Tampa, Hyatt Regency Denver, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and most recently in Southern California, where he joined the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego team as the Director of Sales and Marketing in early 2010. Mr. Kofsky has consistently been recognized for his excellence and has been nominated as “Director of Sales of the Year” and his team was nominated as the “Sales Team of the Year.” He has also served on the Hyatt Sales Advisory and Customer Advisory Boards. Since joining the iconic San Diego hotel, Mr. Kofsky has assisted in managing the hotel's extensive multimillion dollar transformation beginning in 2012, one of the largest hotel renovations in Southern California. Leading a sales team consisting of 29 colleagues, Mr. Kofsky is responsible for overseeing varying aspects of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, including revenue forecasting, developing business plans, and owner relations. Additionally, Mr. Kofsky's other accountabilities include the recruitment and hiring of the hotel's sales team, training, managing and coaching sales managers in their selling process in order to meet company goals and maximize hotel revenues, business analysis, and community relations for the 125,000 sq ft., 1,628 room property.

Mr. Kofsky can be contacted at 619-232-1234 or michael.kofsky@hyatt.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.