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Daniel Surrette was recently hired as vice president of sales at Omni Hotels & Resorts.
What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as vice president of sales?
The best part about my job is that is business is constantly evolving. In such a fast-paced environment, the thing I most look forward to is working closely with our teams to understand how we can support them in their sales and marketing strategies. I also want to challenge our leaders to continue to reimagine their business and innovate where we can. My second passion is career coaching and mentoring, helping team members get to the next levels in their careers.
How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
I’ve spent my entire 30-plus year career in either hotel or global sales roles. At each step of my journey, I have been fortunate to have worked for some very iconic properties and brands. I have also had incredible mentors along the way who have helped me grow both personally and professionally. Working at both the property and corporate levels, I understand the tactical intricacies of sales and marketing process while always thinking about the bigger picture.
How did you get into the industry?
I went to college at Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI. From there, I began my career at the Sheraton PGA in Palm Beach Gardens as a sales manager, and then transferred to the Sheraton Washington Hotel in DC as an account director. I joined Hyatt in Global Sales for many years after that.
What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
Omni Hotels & Resorts is a very iconic brand, with an incredible culture – one that has certainly made a name for itself in the last 20+ years. My goals are simple: harness our talent and tools to maximize revenue, unlock sales growth potential and drive market share.
What do you enjoy most about the industry?
As I previously mentioned, I love that the hospitality industry is constantly evolving. Every day there are new challenges and opportunities that face our business and our teams. I enjoy working as a team to solve the issues of the day while always looking ahead and planning for the future.