May 17


Kirby Smith, an industry veteran with a proven track record of over 32 years with Marriott International, will lead revenue generation for all Auro Hotels and support the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction and profitability.

Auro Hotels, a leader in hospitality, is proud to welcome Kirby Smith as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. After a 32-year career with Marriott International, Smith joins the Auro team with a proven track record in sales and marketing leadership positions.

Focusing on revenue generation for all hotels and supporting the company’s commitment to customer satisfaction and profitability, he will lead all aspects of the organization’s sales, marketing and revenue management initiatives.

He most recently served nine years as Vice President of Full-Service Franchise Support in Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Management at Marriott International. Prior to that role, Smith held several key leadership positions during his extensive career with Marriott International including Vice President of Field Marketing, Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mid-Atlantic Region, and Vice President Sales of Training and Development.

“During his time with Marriott, Kirby Smith was a forward thinker and a great partner for Auro Hotels,” Auro President DJ Rama said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Auro family and look forward to his leadership.”


About Auro Hotels: A successor to JHM Hotels based in Greenville, SC – Auro Hotels has developed, owned, and operated hotels for 44 years. The company currently owns and operates 37 hotels with over 6,500 guestrooms, located in the United States and India, operating under such well-known brands as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt. For more information, visit the website at