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September 22, 2017 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

1. Full name and official title: Damien Kelly – Group Revenue Optimisation Manager

2. Age: 37
3. Suburb you live in: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
4. How long have you been in your current role? Just over two months.
5. What does your day-to-day look like? My days are never the same and I love it! I am constantly
talking to people across the country and the world. If I was to sum it all up, generally speaking
each day I am analyzing, discussing and identifying opportunities to drive revenue and improve
processes within StayWell Hospitality Group.
6. What was your first job out of school/uni? I have always worked in hotels – I actually started
working in a hotel straight out of school. My first ever job was as Guest Service Agent on the front
desk of Stamford in North Ryde.
7. How long have you been in the hotel industry? I have been in the hotel industry for approximately
19 years which has seen me grow from general hotel management into more senior head office
roles like my current position at StayWell.
8. What is your hotel industry experience? My most recent role was with Best Western Hotels &
Resorts, where I worked my way up the ranks to become a Senior Revenue Manager for
Australasia. My other prior experience has been in more of a hotel management capacity with
both Best Western and Rendezvous Hotels. I have also spent time working with smaller
independently owned properties throughout Sydney.
9. What do you love about being the Group Revenue Optimisation Manger? In what I do I am lucky
enough to be on any given day talking to our teams across the world including our offices in
Dubai, Singapore, Jaipur, Kuta or Brisbane! I love that my job allows me to collaborate with
various different people with varying experience as it’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas on
what works and what doesn’t.
10. What do you love about working for StayWell Hospitality Group? I really enjoy working with such a
tight knit global team! I really get to work with some fantastic people.
11. What do you do outside of work? Any hobbies or interests? I have actually recently acquired a
taste for sailing and I can’t get enough of it!
12. What has been your favourite travel destination – domestic or international? I would have to say
one of my favourite cities is certainly Budapest and my favourite country is Italy, particularly

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