HISTORY OF MARIN MANAGEMENT
John Manderfeld founded Marin Management, Inc. in July 1990. A California corporation, Marin Management provides a variety of consulting, development and management services for the lodging and restaurant industries. Immediately after its conception, Marin Management was selected to manage the new, four-star Mayfair Suites hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This all-suite, 184-room luxury hotel was affiliated with Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. In 1991, Marin Management’s credentials were confirmed by the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) as an approved hotel-management contractor.
Today, Marin Management manages and markets for more than 25 hotels, restaurants and spas and advises a diverse portfolio of restaurant, hotel and motel owners, developers and operators on issues such as development, capital improvements, acquisition, marketing, training and high-technology management.
In September of 2018, Marin Management was acquired by Hogan Hospitality group pairing two successful management companies poised for growth.
Marin Management owns and licenses to its clients Time & Contact Manager® (TCM®) software for hotel sales and contact management. TCM® is exceptional software for automating sales solicitation, employee records, purchasing and competitor information.
Marin Management is a member of the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA), California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE), National Business Travel Association, and Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Based in Marin County, California, Marin Management is just four miles north of San Francisco.
John Manderfeld is a 45-year veteran of the lodging industry and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) as recognized by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association. His career includes eleven years in food-and-beverage operations and sales with Westin Hotels and Resorts and the position of vice president for two major hotel development and management companies.
As vice president food and beverage for Metro Hotels, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for more than 40 restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and lounges. As regional vice president of operations for Mariner Corporation, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for 12 hotels with 2,200 employees, 3,270 rooms and a total asset value of $210,000,000.
Mr. Manderfeld served for three years on the Advisory Committee for Orange Coast College’s Hotel and Restaurant School, advising the college on curriculum, intern programs and other academic issues. He currently is on the hospitality advisory committee for Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California. He has been a public speaker and seminar presenter for colleges, universities and the lodging industry’s most prominent trade associations, including the Texas Association of Hospitality Accountants, Western Lodging Show, the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA), the California Department of Education and California Lodging Expo and Conference.
In December 2004, the California Department of Education Home Economics and Technology (HECT) group awarded John Manderfeld its annual Business & Industry Friend Award for his three years of work as a speaker at HECT events and assistance developing high school curriculum.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) from 1996 through 2000 and from 2003 to the present. Mr. Manderfeld was a member of CLIA’s Executive Committee from 1997 through 1999, serving first as vice president, then as the association’s president in 1998. In 2009, he was again elected to serve as the association’s secretary and elected in 2010 to serve as its vice president, president in 2011 and 2012 and treasurer in 2014 and 2015. He has chaired CLIA’s executive committee, Internet and technology committee, membership committee, long-range planning committee, nominating committee the bylaws/standard operating policies committee, education committee, government Affairs Committee and various special ad hoc committees. He has also served for two years as president of the Independent Lodging Industry Association (ILIA) representing more than 4,000 hotel owners and continues to serve as board member today.
Mr. Manderfeld also served as a member of the California Hotel & Motel Association’s allied member committee and education and training committee. In 2002, he was selected as co-recipient of the California Lodging Industry Association’s Chairman’s Award in recognition for his contribution to the lodging industry and the association. He now serves on several committees, including the government affairs committee. Mr. Manderfeld also serves on the board of directors of recently formed Independent Lodging Industry Association, a national association of independent lodging investors.
As a trainer and technical author, he has developed numerous training programs and procedural manuals on the subjects of hotel supervision, financial controls, sales, marketing, risk management, product specifications, property operations and customer service.
Executive Vice President
Ms. Mitchell joined Marin Management in January 2005 bringing 23 years of hotel and travel industry experience to the hotel operations team. Her career began in 1982 with a three-year management training and development program at a Hilton hotel. Later she was a hotel director of sales and marketing, a general manager of several hotels, vice president of a meeting planning company and director of public relations and communication for a hotel management company.
Since joining Marin Management more than ten years ago, Ms. Mitchell has held positions as revenue manager, regional manager and group vice president. As senior vice president since 2013, she now oversees all company operations for hotels, restaurants and spas. She is an expert in hotel sales, marketing and revenue management.
She has attended the University of Rome, La Sapienza and McNeese State University. Ms. Mitchell speaks Italian and Spanish fluently.
Allison Davis-Brown joined Marin Management in 2003 bringing an abundance of experience and knowledge in management of human resources, hotel guest services and training. Her career includes 15 years with Westin Hotels & Resorts and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, San Francisco, where she was recognized as the hotel’s manager of the year. She was also a recruiter for Nelson Staffing Solutions.
Ms. Davis-Brown is responsible for implementing MMI’s hotel operating policies, procedures and standards and for overseeing legal compliance, insurance, recruiting, training and employment practices.
Dayna Patel has extensive experience in the lodging industry. Her family has owned and operated multiple hotels, including nationally franchised brands and independents in Oregon and California. Because she grew up in the lodging industry, she has a wide range skills learned from working in several departments, including guest services, housekeeping supervision, accounting and a variety of managerial positions. Ms. Patel also worked for an owner-operator of several hotels, including being the operations manager for three hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She joined Marin Management in January 2011 and has since sold groups and major volume accounts in all market segments, including associations, corporate and wholesale FIT. Ms. Patel is fluent in three languages–English, Hindi and Gujarati.
Director of Business Services
After working several years managing her family’s hotel business, Ms. Monroy joined Marin Management in 2007 as manager of administration. She was promoted to director of business services in 2012.
Ms. Monroy oversees the technical infrastructure for the company’s managed hotels and restaurants, including online training and management resource sites, electronic retention of hotel documents, hotel e-mail accounts, client billing and the hotel team-member forum. She also oversees Destinations Site, Marin Management’s online marketing tool for hotels and Sales Central, the online sales management program owned by the company. Additionally, Ms. Monroy administers much of the recruitment process for bringing talented hotel professionals to the company. She also administers online reporting from hotels and Client Site, Marin Management’s communication tool for hotel owners. Ms. Monroy is fluent in Spanish.
Area Manager and Executive Director of Food and Beverage
Yulianto “Yuli” Liu began his career in the hospitality industry in 2003 working as a banquet server at Palace of Golden Horses Hotel, Malaysia. At the same time, he pursued his diploma in Hotel Management at Taylor’s College, Malaysia, which was affiliated with University of Toulouse, France. Mr. Liu obtained his diploma in 2005 and moved to United States later that year.
In 2007, he joined Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel, San Francisco, as a food and beverage server while continuing his education pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management. He attended San Francisco State University and successfully completed the courses three years later.
After two years with Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel, Mr. Liu joined Lori’s Diner International Inc. as assistant restaurant manager, managing one of the several Lori’s Diner restaurants in downtown San Francisco. He was then promoted to general manager of Sears Fine Food Restaurant, owned and operated by the same company.
In 2010, after successfully completing the hospitality management program at San Francisco State University, Mr. Liu took time off to join the California National Guard. Upon completion of basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he returned to San Francisco to re-join Sears Fine Food while serving as an active member of California National Guard.
In 2013, he was on the opening team for Golden Gate Tap Room and Grill, the largest sport bar in San Francisco and continued overseeing operations as general manager. In 2015, and Mr. Liu became assistant general manager of Lark Creek Grill in San Francisco International Airport.
He joined Marin Management in May 2016 as the director of restaurants. His responsibilities include overseeing the operation of all of Marin Management’s free-standing restaurants, reporting directly to MMI’s executive director of food and beverage. In his free time, Mr. Liu enjoys basketball games, networking and wines. He speaks five languages, including Indonesian, Malay, Mandarin, English and Hakka.
Rajvinder “Raj” Kaler’s hospitality career began in 2002 as a night auditor of an IHG hotel. Since then, he has worked at hotels ranging from 50 to 280 rooms. He earned his first position in management in 2014 as a hotel front office manager. Within two years he became assistant general manager of an IHG hotel and general manager of a Choice Hotels International property.
Mr. Kaler has extensive experience with national lodging franchise brands, including IHG, Choice Hotels International and Wyndham Hotel Group. He has also gained experience operating various independent hotels. He has successfully completed general manager training for both IHG and Choice Hotels International; and he has achieved his food manager certification.
Mr. Kaler joined Marin Management, Inc. in 2019 as a project manager where he has overseen numerous special projects. He is fluent in three languages, including Hindi and Punjabi.
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