Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company, today announced that Andrea Foster, senior vice president of development, was recognized as one of the “30 Influential Women in Hospitality” by Hotel Management magazine.
Foster was recognized among 30 trailblazing women for her leadership, direction and dedication to the hospitality industry. A 20-year hospitality veteran, Foster is responsible for marketing Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ management capabilities and seeking potential acquisition, joint venture and third-party management opportunities for the company. During her tenure, she has raised awareness of the Marcus Hotels & Resorts brand, which recently added two new properties to its portfolio: the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District and Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C. Foster shares her passion for hospitality and success with many of her colleagues and is inspired to serve others – including mentoring other women in the industry.
“We are fortunate to have a woman of Andrea’s caliber on our development team. Her strong industry knowledge, leadership, mentorship and support of other women in our industry has proven to be invaluable for our team. We are inspired every day by Andrea’s drive and passion for success and this recognition is much deserved,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.
During her career, Foster has worked on a variety of assignments involving market positioning and repositioning, feasibility analysis, appraisals, operational analysis, sales and marketing analysis, spa studies, impact studies and tourism studies. She has become a key voice at hotel investment conferences, is a member of the Lodging Industry Investment Council, co-founder of Boston Lodging Pulse, and is the co-founder and co-chair of Boston University School of Hospitality Administration’s “5th Gear Shift: Women Powering and Navigating Their Careers” symposium that began in 2017. In 2016, she was recognized by Lodging magazine as one of the “Top Women in Lodging.”
Foster is also president emeritus of the Cornell Hotel Society New England Chapter, scholarship chair for ISPA (International Spa Association), and is a regular speaker at the hospitality schools at Cornell University and Boston University. Foster is also the co-chair of The Marcus Corporation’s 2017 United Way Campaign.
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About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse and Miller Time Pub & Grill. The company is also growing its experiential restaurant concept, The SafeHouse, with a second location that opened in early 2017 in Chicago, Ill. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).