On Air with Russell of Hotels

Russell Edmond


Your Host, Russell Edmond has spent over 25 years in the hospitality industry, beginning his career with Marriott International in hotel operations before  moving into the sales arena and becoming a relationship building  Director of Sales and Marketing. Russell then went to the other side as a Hospitality Entrepreneur, he now consults in the Hotel & Meeting space, which includes being the CEO of the Russell of Hotels Group, and Oh did I mention he was a Veggie-Foodie? Yes! Always looking for good non-meat eats!

Show Time: 
Tuesday 1:00PM - 1:59PM
Show Description: 
We talk about everything Hospitality - from Hotels to Influencers and everything in between. I will feature guest Interviews  from Hospitality Professionals who will share their experiences. The guests I interview will be people from hotels, tourism bureaus, food & travel Influencers who will share experiences from their careers within the hospitality industry.

Show Archives

October 2019


What a great show today with Ms. Sarah Dandashy! Sarah is an Award-Winning Concierge who knows LA like the back of her hand. She discusses how she began her career as a Concierge and how she gained over 60,000 followers on Instagram. Is she an Influencer? What exactly does it take to be a great Concierge? Tune in and check it out!


September 2019


Listen or watch today's #OnAirwithRussellofHotels Live radio show. Today Russell will discuss "What to ask on a Job Interview" & "The Commission Affect, a year later."



Today's Show is the 1st of the 2nd Season for On Air with Russell of Hotels Live Radio Show. In this show Russell talks about what he was doing while the show was on hiatus to include: A pre-cruise stay in Vancouver, BC to a 7-Day Alaska Cruise to Two days spent in Anchorage to his 3-Week Task Force Assignment as a General Manager in Monterey, CA to the Meetings & Incentive Forum in Chicago. Yes, Russell of Hotels has been busy! Please reference websites below.









July 2019


June 2019


Join me as I Interview Mr. Amani Roberts of The Amani Experience, which is a Music Entertainment Company. We will discuss why he attended Scratch Academy and why it makes him a better DJ. No, I didn't forget to ask him about his career progression with Marriott and his being a General Manager at the age of 23 or why he left left the Corporate world to get into the Creative world. He's a College Professor at Cal State Fullerton too? Yes, there is a lot that makes up Amani, so please take a listen.

Mr. Amani Roberts
The Amani Experience
P: 424-244-1443


Listen to the latest On Air with Russell of Hotels radio show as our Host, Russell discusses Industry news and how Sales Teams can receive more Specialty Market or SMERF business! And it's not how you would think. 


My guest today is Ms. Amanda Berry, National Sales Manager of The Row Reno. Which hotels make up the The Row? Listen to the Podcast and find out! We also discuss what separates Reno from other Destinations and what amenities you can expect when having a meeting at The Row.


Contact Information:

Ms. Amanda Berry

Email: aberry@eldoradoresorts.com

Phone: 775-453-7848



On todays On Air with Russell of Hotels, Russell will talk about Events he will attend this week, Industry News and the Objectives of Tourism.

May 2019


"Branded vs Independent Hotel Digital Marketing with Stephanie Smith"

Today's guest is Ms. Stephanie Smith, Founder & Digital Marketing Matriarch of Cog Wheel Marketing. Stephanie will discuss in detail her entrance into the Hospitality Industry and explains how SEO for Independent Hotels & Brands are worlds apart. Do you have a checklist for Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Content Creation & SEO? You should! When beginning Digital Marketing campaigns have you considered the end result, what are you trying to achieve? Listen and get the facts!! 

Stephanie's Contact Information:

Ms. Stephanie Smith

Email: stephanie@cogwheelmarketing.com

Office Phone: 540-239-1052

Website: cogwheelmarketing.com


Today's show is remote from the JW Marriott Cherry Creek located in Denver. My guest is Ms. Aimee Beardsley, Leisure Sales Manager at the JW Marriott. We discuss how she began her career in hotels as a Revenue Manager in Southern California and her transition into Sales. We also talk in detail about the JW Marriott and the Cherry Creek area of Denver.


In today's show, our Host Russell discusses the controversy surrounding Expedia, which hotel chain welcomes bookings via OTA's & panic buttons for Housekeepers. Among other topics


On today's show, our Host Russell discusses his last 2 Site Tours , explains some of the hotel sales process & If your Social Media postings are reaching the right people or anyone at all. Russell will also discuss working with Indie (Independent) Hotels versus major brands. And what exactly is #FOMO?

April 2019


Join me for today's show as I interview Mr. Doug Caldwell, Regional Director of National Accounts for Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, Nevada. We discuss his unique transition into the hotel side of the Hospitality Industry as well as why Reno is sometimes a hard sell but has the best value for meetings.


Today's Guest is Mr. Victor Simmons, Director of Diversity & Inclusion with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. Victor discusses his path to the Corporate Office for Wyndham Hotels and explains exactly what Diversity & Inclusion mean and what is role is. We also talk about what career accomplishment is he most proud of. 


Email: victor.simmons@wyndham.com



Today' s guest Mariles Krok, CMP ironically began her career at the same Marriott hotel that I began my career, however,  about 8 years apart! We discuss her career progression from beginning as a front desk clerk to her 1st opportunity in Sales with Marriott Hotels. She then transition to Los Angeles Tourism Board and now she is a Director of Meeting Sales with Visit Anaheim a Destination Marketing Organization. Mariles is also a past President of Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter.

Contact Mariles Krok, CMP

Senior Director Meeting Sales

Email: mkrok@visitanahein.org

Direct: 714-765-2870



On today's show, our Host Russell Edmond will discuss his attendance at last weeks DestinationCA Conference & TradeShow. He also highlights activities within the Downtown Los Angeles area, which include 2 Breweries and a must see Boutique Hotel which has been revitalized.

Website: russellofhotels.com
Email: Russell@russellofhotels.com


My Guest, Ms. Jeanette Ceja is a Travel Journalist, Travel Expert & Award Winning Bilingual TV Host. We will discuss how she began her career as a Travel Journalist and why she considers herself a “Thought Leader” and not a Travel Influencer. We will also talk about her travels to over 50 Countries.

Contact Info:
Twitter: @JeaneatteCeja
Instagram: jetsetwithjeanette

March 2019


Today I interviewed Ms. Kalhari Atapattu, Director of the Runway Restaurant which is located inside the Hilton Woodland Hills. In the interview we discussed how the Hilton in Woodland Hills was her 1st job ever and how doors continued to open for Her despite not knowing what she really wanted to do. We also talked about Runway’s concept and the importance of Sustainability and using local farmers & bakers. Runway - “ Where beauty meets flavor”



Email: kalhari.atapattu@hiltonwh.com


Join Russell of Hotels as he discusses in detail “Who Owns The Guest” and what Hoteliers can do improve their direct bookings.

Also, new trends in Marketing, have you heard of Wifi Marketing or GEO Fencing?


On today's show, your Host, Russell Edmond takes on random Hospitality Topics like, Working with Influencers, Influencer Marketing, Sales Agreements, Your Brand & OTA’s just to name a few.


My guest today is Jason Will, CEO of Zipkick which is an Influencer Marketing company. In this interview we discuss the very humble beginnings of Zipkick and how it began as a Travel related App to being in a marketing force in 6 continents.

Not to mention the over 150,000 likes & comments on Instagram.

Email: jason@zipkick.com

Website: Zipkick.com

February 2019


Todays Guest is Ms. Cheryl Rogers, Meeting Professional. Cheryl plans Corporate Meetings & Events but that’s only part of her journey. How did she get started? What’s her background? What’s Smart Meetings Rising STAR? Tune in and find out.


Today’s guest is Ms. Lesley Butler, Professor, Educator and Lecturer at the Collins College of Hospitality Management, which is located on the campus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Ms. Butler will discuss the History of the Collins College and her transition from the Restaurant Industry into Education. We will also discuss new Food Trends and how the Collins College of Hospitality Management is preparing students for careers in Hospitality Management.


Today's guest is Mr. Joe Titizian who is the General Manager of the Hilton Pasadena.

Joe has over 30 years of hotel experience, beginning his career at the Hilton Warner Center back in the early 90’s. Joe and I discuss his career in detail including his rise to becoming a General Manager, the importance of providing great guest service and what separates his hotel from his competition.

Email: joe.titizian@hilton.com

Hotel Website: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-pasadena-PASPHHF/index.html


Today's guest is Ms. Rhanee Palma who is the Vice President of Sales & Service for Visit Oakland.

Visit Oakland is responsible for increasing tourism’s economic impact to Oakland through destination development and brand management. Rhanee and I discuss how and why to use a Destination Management organization like Visit Oakland as well as experiences & career within the hospitality field.

Email: rhanee@visitoakland.com


January 2019


Interview with Travel Influencer Kat Von D, also known as the Traveling Greek who specializes in the Luxury Travel space. Kat Von B who has visited over 50 countries, discusses how she became an Influencer after being a Travel Agent for many years. Kat also discusses the importance of Hotels & Tourism organizations of embracing Social Media in this digital age of Marketing & Branding.


Twitter: @travelingGreek

Instagram: travelinggreek


Interview with Nathalie Fintzi, Director of Sales & Marketing at the soon to open Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood, CA. Conversation about opening the Godfrey Hotel and her experiences in the hotel Industry working mainly with Independent & Boutique Hotels. Website for Godfrey Hotel Hollywood. GodfreyHotelHollywood.com

Email Nathalie at Nathalie.Fintzi@godfreyhotelhollywood.com