Hotel Forty Five Welcomes Kimberly Raphael as Director of Sales

Posted: April 4, 2024

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Raphael brings extensive experience in corporate sales management to downtown boutique hotel

MACON, Ga. (March 29, 2024) – Hotel Forty Five has announced the appointment of Kimberly Raphael as Director of Sales of the 11-story boutique hotel in downtown Macon. In this role, Raphael will oversee all sales operations aimed at increasing revenue, fostering new and ongoing client relationships, and expanding community awareness of the historic 94-room property and its venues.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kimberly to her new position in our historic hotel family,” said Gary W. Byrd, General Manager. “In addition to being familiar with our hotel and the market, she has a proven track record of driving sales with extensive knowledge of national sales, meetings, events, client management, and customer service, making her a valuable asset in her new role.”

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Previously serving as the Human Resources Manager at Hotel Forty Five, Raphael is eager to re-enter the sales world, where she has spent the majority of her 25-year career. Her experience has spanned an impressive list of hotel brands, including Four Seasons, Hilton, and Marriott, with roles ranging from hotel sales management and corporate sales to restaurant service, hiring and training. Her notable positions include National Group Sales for Hilton Direct, Sales Manager for Marriott International’s Las Vegas Sales Office, Senior Dual Corporate Sales Manager at Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn, and Director of Sales roles at both Springhill Suites Macon and Residence Inn Macon. Before joining Hotel Forty Five, Raphael led recruitment, training and team development as Talent and Culture Manager at Prime Hospitality, overseeing three Sonny’s BBQ restaurants.

Hotel Forty Five occupies one of downtown Macon’s historic high-rises at the intersection of Cherry and First Streets, and Cotton Avenue, sitting at an iconic angle for which the hotel is named. The hotel features a signature chef-driven restaurant, a sixth-floor rooftop bar and lounge, and an eclectic coffee and wine shop. More than a hotel, Hotel Forty Five is a cozy space to catch up with friends, make new ones or simply share the latest gossip.

For more information, visit HotelFortyFive.com.


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About Hotel Forty Five

Hotel Forty Five, owned by IDP Properties and Mainsail Lodging & Development, is a 94-room boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Joining Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, an exceptional collection of independent hotels and resorts with unique personalities and spirit, Hotel Forty Five celebrates the building’s original character and historic significance. Each of Hotel Forty Five’s rooms and suites immerse guests in a timeless experience, providing the ideal space to rest and recharge. Vintage design elements with rich contrasting colors and copper metal accents are featured throughout creating a redefined yet classic finish. Hotel Forty Five boasts three different dining concepts, Loom, Hightales Rooftop Bar and Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar. Occupying one of downtown Macon’s few remaining historic high-rises, the boutique hotel is aptly named after its location on an iconic 45-degree angle, formed by Cherry and First Streets with Cotton Avenue. For more information please go to hotelfortyfive.com, or follow on Instagram, X and Facebook.


About Mainsail Lodging & Development

Mainsail Lodging & Development is an award-winning, Tampa, Florida-based company specializing in hotel, furnished housing, and resort property management and development, marketing and sales. An established company with a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit, Mainsail prides itself in finding unique lodging opportunities with a purpose and applying its passion and expertise to each project. Founded by President Joe Collier with a combination of daring vision and dogged determination, Mainsail has built an impressive portfolio of top-branded properties throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean. Each Mainsail property inspires guests with a distinct character and meticulously crafted, sophisticated style, from a private island resort, and urban culinary showplaces, to waterfront marvels, boutique southern hotels, and a historic jazz era icon. Stay Sojo, Mainsail’s newest brand, provides short-term furnished living options across the country, while Mainsail Vacation Rentals manages a collection of private vacation homes in Florida and the Caribbean. To ensure long-term success and profitability, Mainsail relies on the dedication of its high-performing associates, a growing group of enterprising investors, and a commitment to giving back, every step of the way. MainsailHotels.com


About IDP Properties

IDP Properties is a full-service real estate development firm headquartered in Valdosta, Ga that invests in and redevelops communities. The IDP team has completed over $1 billion dollars in projects and specializes in acquisition, property management, consulting and development. IDP takes pride that each project they develop is as diverse as the communities they serve. IDP Properties’ purpose is to strengthen communities and leave a lasting positive impact.


About Tribute Portfolio® 

Tribute Portfolio is a growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike. With more than 105 hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories around the world, Tribute Portfolio has struck a chord with those who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling. From boutique resorts like Ermita in Cartagena and urban hotels such as The Vagabond Club in Singapore; to hotels in indie-spirited locales like Bellyard in Atlanta and Hotel Riomar in Ibiza, each Tribute Portfolio hotel celebrates its individuality, offering travelers a fresh, often colorful, perspective. For more information, please visit www.tributeportfolio.com and stay connected on Instagram, X, and Facebook. Tribute Portfolio is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com.

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