Kurtz Hospitality Marketing is a full service hospitality consulting firm, specializing in Hotel and Restaurant Consulting, Sales & Marketing, Management, and Business Development solutions. We bring together all aspects of hotel and restaurant operations, sales, marketing, and public relations under one roof so our clients are able to look to one place for the answer.
We take pride in executing multi-layered approaches to advancing competitive market share and growing revenue potential for our clients. As industry leaders with more than 35 years of combined success across the hospitality industry, the Kurtz Hospitality Marketing team offers executive level experience for your hotel, restaurant or brand.
A two-decade veteran of the hospitality industry, Janet Kurtz founded Kurtz Hospitality Marketing with one goal in mind: to help build better brands. Working with hotel, travel industry and restaurant clients around the world, Janet has led an illustrious career curating and implementing innovative hospitality strategies.
Since beginning Kurtz Hospitality Marketing, Janet has worked with some of the top hospitality brands in Nashville and throughout the south. Clients have found a new and successful way to promote their brand, increase visibility, and boost revenue. Janet has worked with brands through all stages of their progress including opening planning to reinvigoration of established brands.
Prior to founding Kurtz Hospitality Marketing, Janet served thirteen years as Director of Sales & Marketing for the Forbes Five Star rated Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN and the Forbes Five Star rated Keswick Hall & Golf Club in Charlottesville, VA. After helping to oversee a $20 million renovation and restoration of the Hermitage Hotel in 2002, Janet quickly strategized to grow the property’s ADR to $200 in a $100 market. Continuing to manage budgets and revenue growth, exceeding year over year goals, Janet also oversaw sales development, marketing and public relations for both properties and their outlets – including multiple star-rated restaurants, a golf course, club house and a 250-acre beef and vegetable farm. Janet has also worked across Loews Hotels & Resorts in the south and various attractions including the historic Belle Meade Plantation.
Mayter has spent the last 15 years of her career in hospitality operations. Her scope of knowledge runs from back of house to front of house. She has been a line cook, barista, host, food runner, server, dishwasher, manager, and most recently a consultant. Her goals are to take the experience she has gained from operations and make it easier for hospitality concepts to thrive. Hospitality concepts thrive when they build communities and networks that support them. Mayter excels at building relationships in the community and connecting the two. Her ground up knowledge of building a restaurant and her love for bespoke hospitality services create a powerhouse combination when it comes to operations. Mayter loves to serve people and her clients. A natural born teacher, she can teach the fine point of what a great hospitality experience should feel like.
Mayter also brings to the table the creative side of hospitality. She is a food & lifestyle photographer. While managing 5th and Taylor in 2017, her images of the restaurant were published in The Wall Street Journal Magazine for an article on restaurants in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, TN. Mayter photographs chefs, restaurants, hotels, and people. In the three years she has added this service to her portfolio, she has been published in many notable publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Garden & Gun, HGTV Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles, Eater Nashville, and Edible Nashville. She has also photographed large food brand landing in Nashville, TN such as True Food Nashville and Shake Shack in 2018. She drives the content creation and gives our brands a voice and visuals that consumers respond to, from social media to community activation. Mayter is an excellent creative asset to have on your team.
With a full career in marketing & advertising industry, Thuy came to Kurtz Hospitality Marketing with a clear goal in mind: Utilizing Social Media as an effective way to build better brands. Working with non-profit organization, boutique, hotel and restaurant industry, Thuy possessed a variety of experiences from public outreach, social media marketing to digital advertising with strong graphic design skills. Her passion and experiences in marketing & advertising are great resources for Kurtz Hospitality Marketing.
Before beginning her career at Kurtz Hospitality Marketing, Thuy worked as a Digital Advertising Specialist for one of the biggest boutiques in Bowling Green, KY. From here, she was able to grow her expertise in digital advertising as well as building multiple paid campaigns on Social Media and Google AdWords. Thuy was reported to help the Boutique oversee a huge gain in their yearly revenues and followers. On the other hand, her mixed experiences from working as a Public Outreach Intern for a non-profit organization and a supervisor in a shopping mall has helped Thuy build effective communication styles, good customer service, and great graphic design skills.
Media and Community Activation Manager Reaghan Willison started at Kurtz Hospitality as an intern while completing her final semester at Middle Tennessee State University studying Public Relations and Communication. Since being promoted to Media and Community Activation Manager, Reaghan is responsible for media relations for her clients as well as community outreach and strategy.
While at MTSU, she was involved in a PR campaign competition for Acura through EdVenture Partners where she and her fellow classmates implemented a full-scale PR and research campaign for the Acura ILX which involved planning an on-campus event which reached almost 7,500 students.
Prior to working at Kurtz Hospitality, Reaghan interned at the Licking County Library in Newark, Ohio where she excelled in community engagement. Here, she gained valuable experience in the non-profit world. She assisted with the launch of a new website and the overall rebranding of the library as a more modern community hub to appeal to a wider audience.