For Kaila J. Pugliese, earning the title Director of Sales and Marketing for the hotel she helped open almost four years ago is a natural result of her hard work and dedication. Having joined the pre-opening team of the InterContinental New York Barclay in August 2015, Pugliese embarked on an impressive trajectory that landed her in this executive role.
Known for her ambition and acute attention to detail, Pugliese has carved a career path worthy of her new appointment, holding various positions at Restaurant Associates, AlliedPRA and the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York. At the Waldorf, Pugliese joined as Senior Sales Manager and eventually became Director of Association Sales where she achieved Circle of Excellence in her first year. Never a stranger to performance awards and recognition, Pugliese earned one of her many distinctions, building the reputation that now precedes her.
A new opportunity landed her across the street in midtown Manhattan to the renovated Barclay where she joined as Director of Group Sales, responsible for rebuilding the sales team, the overall strategy and group base from the ground up. Overtime she transitioned to Director of Business Development, establishing the hotel’s annual sales goals and budgets while providing leadership for the sales and events departments and managing performance. When it came time to fill the vacant role of Director of Sales and Marketing in early 2019, the choice was obvious and Pugliese earned the title.
“Having been a part of the pre-opening team, The Barclay holds a special place in my heart. Our newly renovated gem has the right bones and the right people to far exceed expectations,” said Pugliese. “I look forward to leading the team to new heights in 2019 and beyond”.
Pugliese received her degree from West Virginia University and graduated Cum Laude. She earned a Masters Certificate in Financial and Revenue Management from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. In October 2016 Pugliese was recognized as the top 30 Under 30 of The Hotel Industry’s Top Rising Stars by Hotel Management.
Website: InterContinental New York Barclay