• New Leadership Joins Kinzie Hotel

     
    POSTED September 29, 2016
     

Kinzie Hotel, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, hired Maurese Nelson as the new director of sales and marketing.

"I was attracted to Kinzie Hotel because it's an independent and I can instill my own selling style here," says Nelson. “The owner, Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, is investing in the right type of talent. I'm confident I can get people to buy into this product because I truly believe it's second to none. We offer a personal touch that separates us from competitors."

Having worked his way up in the industry, from bellman to salesman, the Chicago native has more than 13 years of hospitality experience. As the director of sales and marketing, Nelson will be responsible for a sales team and work to maintain good relationships with hotel visitors.

"We are excited to have Maurese as an integral part of our leadership team," says Andrew Eck, general manager. "He's worked his way so far through most areas of the hotel business and has an inherent understanding for what it takes to exceed guest expectations."

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Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year.