Group is a specialized hospitality consulting firm providing
customized, partner-level services for owners, investment companies
Our focus is operations, sales, marketing and management of executive
conference centers, conferencing venues, private clubs and lifestyle
hotels in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
Group associates are recognized in the lifestyle hotel, private club,
golf course management and resort meetings industry with more than a decade of
front line experience among corporate America’s top conference
facilities, Europe's leading design hotels and the most demanding clientele
Group's notable careers in most aspects of conference center
sales, marketing and operations are founded on the experiences and
the key roles they played in acquisitions, repositioning, developing
and maturing of domestic and international destinations.
John Sears is managing director of Kennedy Group. A professional
consultant and facilitator whose roots began in Mobil rated Five-Star front of house golf and conference resort
operations. Sears has an
intensely rounded background in operations, sales, marketing, contract
negotiations, development, property evaluations and acquisitions.
pioneered the formation of the first North American Conference Center alliance
and a network of independent boutique lifestyle hotels. He leads the industry in joint-venture
marketing for independently owned and operated residential and
non-residential conference centers, resorts,
small hotels and private clubs.
He has developed a proprietary golf instructional program, Golfinar,
acquired by a NYSE golf community development corporation.
Sears is a certified instructor of Professional Selling Skills, Effective Listening,
and New Millennium Marketing. He
received his degree in The Theory and Practice of Commerce from Catrefle
College of Commerce, Wrexham, Wales, UK, through the University of
Wisconsin Stout international programs and has served with the board
University School of Hospitality Management in Boca Raton, FL.
|A native of
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, John Sears is a dynamic factor in entrepreneurial
development boards ranging from historic building preservation, learning
expansion, and golf automation to high elevation rainwater harvesting. He is authoring "FiveStar"
a hotelier's guide to uncompromising Five Star personal service and "From Meetings in a
to E-Centers", The History and Evolution of