Who's Who of Top Executives

Kent Franklin

Title: Director of Sales and Marketing
Company: PM Hotel Group
Location: Falls Church, Virginia, United States

Kent Franklin, Director of Sales and Marketing at PM Hotel Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sales and marketing.

With nearly 30 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Franklin has excelled as the director of sales and marketing for the PM Hotel Group in Rockville, Maryland since 2022. Prior to this position, he served as a general manager of The Culinary Team from 2021 to 2022 and a regional account manager with Bakery de France from 2013 to 2020. He further worked as a task force sales manager with DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in 2013, and a sales manager and university liaison at the Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel in Fairfax, Virginia from 2012 to 2013. Moreover, Mr. Franklin was appointed as a senior sales manager with Holiday Inn Express in 2012 and a sales executive with Cvent from 2011 to 2012.

Mr. Franklin previously found success as a senior sales executive with Sheraton National from 2008 to 2011 and a senior sales manager with Sheraton Crystal City from 2007 to 2008. He was additionally active as a senior catering and sales executive with Fairview Park Marriott from 2003 to 2006 and a senior catering sales manager with Sheraton Reston from 2001 to 2003. He likewise contributed as the director of catering at Holiday Inn from 2000 to 2001 and the food and beverage director at Evergreen Country Club from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Franklin began his career as the director of food and beverage at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club from 1994 to 1998.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Franklin pursued an education at James W. Robinson Secondary School, graduating with a diploma in liberal arts and sciences in 1986. He subsequently concluded his studies at James Madison University in 1992, from which he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in hotel and restaurant management. Mr. Franklin was inspired to enter his field by his parents, who used to host holiday parties where he was tasked to work as a busboy.

In light of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Franklin has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. Renowned for closing the largest individual CVV contract in the history of Cvent in 2012, he was additionally recognized among the Top 10 Sales Producers in the Company by the Winner’s Circle of Sheraton Crystal City and the Top 25 in the Company by Sheraton Reston Hotel. Honored as the Manager of the Quarter by Marriot, he was also presented with the Northstar Top Performer Award by Sheraton Reston Hotel. Celebrated by his peers for his personalized and effective approach to his business, Mr. Franklin hopes to establish his current workplace as one of the premier locations in the Washington, D.C. area to stay and host events while also focusing on potentially opening a coffee shop or a rental home alongside his wife.

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