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Ms. Pepe

Dianne Pepe

Director of Group Sales, Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York

As director of group sales for the 750-room Millennium Broadway Hotel New York, Dianne Pepe has responsibility for the property's 110,000 square feet of meeting and business space, including the only residential IACC-accredited conference center in New York City and the iconic and historic Hudson Theatre, an immensely popular choice for special corporate events, product launches, private social events, and weddings, including the largest number of same sex marriages in the city. Prior to joining Millennium Ms. Pepe was area director of sales for the Pyramid Hotel Group where she directed the sales operation and managed a staff of 16 for two “big box” central New Jersey IACC certified conference center hotels totaling 770 rooms and over 110,000 square feet of meeting space. Before that, she was director of group sales for The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, a 294-room hotel with 22,000 square feet of conference space. Ms. Pepe began her sales career as catering manager at the all-suite Madison Suites Hotel before moving on to the 204-room Radisson Hotel Princeton. In 2004 she was recruited by the prestigious Doral Forrestal Conference Center and Spa where she received recognition as the top hotel sales manager for Interstate Hotels and Resorts Northeast 2005 and began her love affair with IACC. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Sullivan County Community College, part of the State University of New York system.

Ms. Pepe can be contacted at 212-789-7566 or dpepe@mill-usa.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.