The Hotel at Auburn University
  • Auburn, AL, USA
  • Full Time


The Business Travel Sales Manager is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients using outside solicitation and service to ensure we achieve our established transient room goals. Finding new business and retaining existing business are top priorities for this role as well handling on-site requests from clients for amenities, special requests and site visits.


  • Make 10 new outside sales calls per week and 5 outside service calls per week.
  • Maintain complete knowledge of key competitors and new hotels into the marketplace.
  • Promote the hotel and increase interest at networking events noting competitive advantages.
  • Ensure site visits are well organized and customized.
  • Maintain high level of knowledge in reference to our hotel offerings and services.
  • Ensure all negotiations and contracts comply with established hotel policies and procedures
  • Manager the RFP season each fall to set and negotiate rates with existing and new volume accounts by using Lanyon system.
  • Coordinate and drive events and activities (blitzes, site inspections and lunch meetings)
  • Design and work within a market plan. Maintain client/account file database according to hotel standards.
  • Plan and prepare appointments for sales trips, follow up in a timely manner.
  • Exceed solicitation and service call requirements to achieve individual sales goals.
  • Attend departmental and hotel meetings as required.
  • Entertain guests in outlets as necessary.
  • Attend designated after hours functions for the chambers.
  • Complete weekly sales reports, SMART Plan annually and projects as assigned.
  • Participate in the development of the annual sales and marketing plan.
  • Offer lateral service when called upon to assist the hotel team at large.




  • Know, understand, practice (with energy and enthusiasm), learn, live, & love the mission, keys, culture and spirit that make Ithaka the place to work!
  • Constantly strive to uphold the image of Ithaka and acknowledge good performance of others.
  • Maintain open communication with others and participate in sound check on a daily basis.


  • Always be available to provide exceptional individualized service, take initiative to offer assistance throughout the hotel and to promote it at every opportunity.
  • Work as a team helping all teammates to complete the required activities that will ensure we exceed guest expectations.
  • Always smile and offer a warm greeting to all.


  • Take ownership in your continuous training/personal development & take initiative to learn about other departments within the hotel.
  • Help us to find the right people for our team
  • Comply with all hotel policies, procedures and guidelines


  • Be a conservationist (save paper, water, electricity, recycle, etc.)
  • Help to keep our hotel as clean and beautiful as the day it opened
  • Ensure safety and quality in all our products and services


  • Create expectations, lead people, manage processes, and hold people accountable for agreed upon activities and time tables
  • Create a positive work environment
  • Maintain effective communication, giving timely feedback and recognition of performance


  • Effectively manage relationships and feedback with outside vendors and clients to ensure the guest experience is continuously improved
  • Develop/maintain standards that create and exceptional guest experience and ensure positive results of all inspections/audits
  • Maintain an active presence throughout the business


  • Meet or exceed all established goals
  • Maintain low staff turnover rate and high morale


  • Self Accountability
    • Takes responsibility for own actions
    • Focuses on "circle of influence" vs. "circle of concern"
    • Takes action on what needs to be done and produces results
    • Does the right thing vs. the comfortable thing, makes difficult decisions
  • Innovation
    • Constantly challenges the status quo
    • Is a transition figure, creates / supports revolutionary change
    • Demonstrates creative "what if" thinking
    • Encourages and rewards others to "think outside the box" and take calculated risks
  • Problem Solving
    • Constantly analyzes all aspects of the business to get to the root of the problem
    • Always has a "plan B"
    • Includes relevant people in decisions and seeks synergistic solutions
    • Makes decisions with conviction and learns from mistakes
  • Modeling
    • Lives the Ithaka values, "walks the talk"
    • Does what they say will do
    • Creates an environment of trust and credibility
    • Always seeks a win-win solution
  • Strategic Thinking
    • Identifies issues of greatest importance that impacts long-term growth
    • Is a visionary, creates a clear idea of a desired future
    • Identifies consequences of today's actions in the long term
    • Formulates a plan to achieve measurable goals
  • Communication
    • Listens to understand, rather than to reply (seeks first to understand)
    • Communicates the right message at the right time in the right way (written and verbal)
    • Gives the "why" behind the "what"
    • Creates an environment for others to openly share their thoughts and opinions
  • Coaching and Development
    • Encourages people to come up with the answer, rather than giving it to them
    • Gives timely feedback (good and bad)
    • Invests time and effort in self and others, to produce desired behaviors/career objective
    • Anticipates and constructively resolves conflict between others
  • Impacting and Influencing
    • Inspires and motivates others to take action
    • Convinces others to lend support, using Commitment vs. Compliance
    • Removes obstacles, so that self and others can succeed
    • Applies the right type of influence or methods to achieve results


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