For many, the Bar Mitzvah marks the coming of age, for Andrew it marked the start of a long path in marketing and public relations. He grew up in New Jersey (exit 153A) and graduated from Montclair State University with a Marketing Degree, paying his way through school by working at a travel agency and performing in just about every community theater musical in the area. Name a show, he will sing the score for you. Making people happy and bringing enjoyment into their lives is Andrew’s driving force.
Along the way he has worked with some of the finest restaurants, hotels, personalities and products in the world, and has loved every minute of it! He counts eating out every night and staying at wonderful hotels as part of his job duties and dedicates himself to doing a great job. (On a side note, the Stairmaster and yoga are his very close friends.)
“I was born with a fork in my mouth.”
Prior to opening Andrew Freeman & Co., Andrew worked at legendary New York venues. These included Windows on the World where he was Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing and responsible for the re-launch after the Trade Center bombing in 1992, the Russian Tea Room where Andrew opened the Cabaret which became the toast of the town after only six months. He was also lucky enough to spend six years as the Vice President of Public Relations for the magnificent Rainbow Room working with his restaurant legend Joe Baum.
With an offer he couldn’t refuse, Andrew left New York and departed for San Francisco to become the Director of Restaurant Marketing for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. After four years, he was promoted to Vice President of Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships for both the hotel and restaurant divisions. In total, he spent ten years with Kimpton, launching over 40 hotels and restaurants as well as the global brand. While there Andrew was responsible for strategic development and execution of all public and media relations activities. He also headed outreach, relationship development and execution of programs with industry and community partners. During his tenure Andrew helped spearhead the LGBT travel program which has garnered numerous awards and positioned Kimpton as one of the Top Companies for LGBT employment in the country. In 2002, Kimpton became the first hospitality company ever to receive a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and has continued to do so every year since.
In 2005, Andrew left Kimpton to open Andrew Freeman & Co. Today, Andrew and his talent team stay extremely busy working with the very best hotels and restaurants in the country. The list of clients Andrew has had the opportunity to work with is amazing. They include Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, David Burke Restaurants, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association/SF Chefs, the French Culinary Institute, Haiyi Hotels, Marriott Hotels International, Wente Vineyards, Svedka Vodka, the Palm Restaurant Group, Larkspur Hotels, Domaine Chandon, Magnolia Bakery and the very best restaurants coast to coast.
Among his industry honors, Andrew is most proud to have been selected in 2010 by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) as one of the ‘Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. Even his hectic schedule Andrew finds time to give back to the community. He sits on the boards of Meals on Wheels San San Francisco and Dress for Success San Francisco and has been an advisory board member of the Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation for 14 years. He is a former board member of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Anti-Defamation League, as well as an advisor for American Airlines LGBT committee. Andrew is a contributing editor to numerous industry magazines and blogs and guest speaker at Industry conferences. The company’s yearly trend report has garnered tremendous worldwide coverage. He brings passion and dedication to all of his endeavors.