Boutique Means Unique
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has built their portfolio of restaurants to be unique, chef-driven concepts that stand on their own merit in the cities where they are located. To accomplish this requires
creativity and an understanding of the food & beverage operations of hotels. To keep the seats full requires an aggressive restaurant marketing plan that correlates with the hotel marketing plan.
Prior to opening AF&Co., Andrew was Vice President of Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. In total, he spent ten years with Kimpton, launching more than 40 hotels and restaurants, as well as the global brand. During his tenure Andrew helped spearhead both the LGBT and women’s travel programs, which have garnered numerous awards and positioned Kimpton as one of the top companies for 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. Also in 2002, Andrew spearheaded the rollout of Kimpton as a national brand, with a campaign that solidified the company’s brand promise and generated significant press coverage. “Every hotel tells a story” focused attention on Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as a national hotel company capable of delivering to guests a highly sought after local experience.
Kimpton was one of AF&Co.’s first clients, and for the company we’ve concepted from start to finish more 30 hotels and restaurants, designed numerous global marketing initiatives and provided strategic support for under-performing properties. In addition, Andrew has also contributed to the conceptual process of 18 hotels.
Niki Leondakis, former President and COO of Kimpton Hotels on AF&Co.: “An ‘in-the-know’ perspective on what’s happening in the different markets, along with creative ideas helped our team focus on where each specific business’s challenges and opportunities were and gave new perspective and ideas on how to improve.”