HSMAI recently honored the 2021 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization — recognizing leaders from hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. Kevin Barosso, director of sales at Mohegan Sun, is one of these honorees.
Kevin Barosso joined Mohegan Sun as the director of convention sales in March 2018. In his current role, he directs a team of six sales professionals who provide unique meeting experiences to their meeting and convention clients. Prior to joining Mohegan Sun, Kevin has held sales leadership positions at The Inverness Hotel, Terranea Resort and the national sales team for Destination Hotels. He also served as vice president of global group sales for Two Roads Hospitality, the parent company for Destination Hotels, Alila Hotels and Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, and tommie hotels. He holds a bachelor’s degree in restaurant hotel management from Keuka College and a certificate of completion in kitchen production management from Swiss Hotel Management School “Les Roches.” He calls Connecticut home but is a modern nomad and has traveled to all seven continents.
Key accomplishment: During the pandemic, Kevin handled almost every cancellation and rebooking situation, rebooking 63% of business, which represented recovering $9.3 million.
What inspired this nomination? “The Mohegan Sun leadership team was amazed and humbled by Kevin’s work ethic, professional acumen, and focus on creating ‘win-win’ outcomes for both Mohegan Sun and its group/convention/expo customers. The positive relationships we have today is due to how Kevin handled this unprecedented time in our industry.”
Barosso on what has kept him motivated over the past year: “Through adversity, we always discover new opportunities. You never know when that next opportunity to make an impact and contribute will present itself.”
Barosso on his silver lining this year: “I have been fortunate to work alongside some incredibly creative and dedicated individuals at Mohegan Sun. Contributing to an environment that encourages taking the initiative has been rewarding.”