CHICAGO – August 20, 2015 – The Drake Hotel in Chicago is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Hewitt as the new director of sales & marketing. Effective August 31, 2015, Hewitt will lead the sales and marketing efforts for the 535-room hotel set in the Gold Coast neighborhood along The Magnificent Mile and recognized by the Historic Hotels of America®.
As Director of Sales & Marketing, Hewitt will be responsible for leading the development and execution of strategic sales and marketing plans in the hotel’s continuing effort to deliver outstanding guest service and financial profitability. Hewitt joins the hotel's executive committee with an extensive sales and marketing background and will report to Damien McArdle, general manager, The Drake Hotel.
Hewitt has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and earned degrees in Hotel & Restaurant Management and Business from the University of Wisconsin Stout and in the Culinary Arts from Joliet Junior College. “Hewitt has significant experience in the hospitality industry with a concentration in sales & marketing and we believe his innovative and results-oriented leadership approach will be essential to the ongoing success of The Drake Hotel,” said McArdle.
Most recently as the Regional Director of Marketing for the Pyramid Hotel Group, Hewitt provided sales support and oversight for three hotels in the portfolio including Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood Luxury brands. Throughout Hewitt’s hospitality career, he has managed convention, business and leisure markets in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. In the Chicago Metropolitan area, Hewitt has served in senior sales and marketing management positions for upscale properties, including Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown and suburban four-star executive business hotels near Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, the Wyndham Lisle/Naperville and the Stouffer Hotels in Chicago and in Oak Brook. As well, Hewitt has managed the daily sales activity for hotels in premiere meeting and convention destinations, such as Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago, the Hyatt Regency Suites Northwest Atlanta and in Cincinnati, the Hyatt Regency and the Omni Netherland Plaza, one of the Historic Hotels of America®.
Hewitt actively participates in Choose Chicago, the official destination marketing organization for Chicago, Illinois and the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council that promotes development and implementation of industry-wide accepted practices to create and enhance efficiency throughout the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
A native of Chicago, Hewitt resides in Naperville with his wife of 29 years (Carol), their son (Ryan), daughter (Melanie) and two pug dogs (Ollie & Buster). He is an avid traveler and frequents the Great Smoky Mountains to partake in adventurous activities like boating and hiking. In his leisure time, Hewitt enjoys the sport of watching the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs and sporting a nine-iron at the golf course. Home is where the heart is for Hewitt, whether he is entertaining with fine wine or winding down from his restoration hardware projects. Going above and beyond to help others in need, Hewitt volunteers with the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
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