Rahul Suri is the Channel Manager for Hotel Division at Southern Wine and Spirits of NY.
Rahul Suri began his career in the hospitality industry over 25 years ago as a crewmember for the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chain. Within his first year he was promoted to Supervisor and Assistant Manager. During this time he also became the Lead Training Manager for all KFC franchises.
In 1990 Rahul entered New York City College of Technology to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, graduating in 1995. During his second year at City Tech he was accepted into a management internship program at the Sheraton Park Avenue Hotel (Go Starwood). Following his completion of the program, he accepted the position of Restaurant Manager. He simultaneously cross-trained in Front Office and Housekeeping, gaining additional industry knowledge through firsthand experience. As a result of his diligence, he secured a position as Assistant Hotel Manager responsible for managing day-to-day operations of both Food and Beverage and Front Office.
In 1995 Rahul joined Fairmont Hotels and Resorts just as they won the management contract for the prestigious Plaza Hotel in New York City. He then accepted a position as General Manager for The Palm Court. While there, Rahul redeveloped an existing Sunday Brunch generating additional revenue from average covers of over 800 each Sunday.
In 1998 Rahul joined the New York City landmark Algonquin Hotel as Director of Food and Beverage. This position allowed him to fully utilize his managerial and organizational skills in a department of 95 people overseeing operations for all Food & Beverage outlets. These included two restaurants, a bar, a lobby lounge, room service, and a private banquet space, as well as The Oak Room Cabaret – named “NYC’s Best Cabaret” by New York Magazine.
In October of 2005, Rahul joined Southern Wine and Spirits of NY as the Channel Manager Hotel Division. Since then his roles and responsibilities have grown and evolved. With the support of a dedicated team of colleagues and the assistance of experts in both wine and spirits, Rahul manages hotels in the Metro NY area.
Rahul lives in Frankford Township, NJ with his wife of 17 years, Kashish, and two children Sneha and Sahas. He is blessed to have his parents live with him. His father continues to check up on him asking how late he will be getting home. For that, Rahul says “Love you, Dad”.