Skal Philadelphia Member Spotlight: Kelli Speed

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For this installment of Member Spotlight, we had the chance to talk with Kelli Speed!

  1. Name: Kelli Speed
  2. Occupation: Director of Accounting – Westin Memphis, which is located on Beale Street
  3. Years as Skal Member: I joined in 2010 when I lived in Philadelphia and was a member there until I moved back to Memphis in 2013. I joined the Memphis Club but unfortunately it closed this year. I was glad to be able to transfer my membership back to Philly.
    **Fun Fact: Skal Members are now able to choose what city their membership belongs. They do not need to reside in that city.**
  4. Hometown: Memphis, TN
  5. Why did you join Skal? To better network with hospitality professionals, especially since I was new to the city.
    **Did you know? Skal is an excellent way to meet new people within a city. Members are easily able to transfer memberships among cities while moving **
  6. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date? I would say moving from Memphis to Philadelphia for my job – I had never lived anywhere else and did not know anyone when I moved (by myself) to Philadelphia. I met some great people and have made some lifelong friends through Skal.
  7. If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go? I have been to a lot of amazing places, but top of the bucket list is Australia!
  8. Tell us more about your job…what do you do every day? I manage all financials for the Westin Memphis – accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, cash management, labor management, and whatever else comes up! I do love my job!
  9. What’s your favorite tip for someone in our industry? Always try to exceed the guests’ expectation, and be consistent!
  10. What sorts of trends do you notice in the hospitality/travel industry in the next five years? We definitely continue to see an emphasis on health and well-being, as well as an explosion in technology with mobile check in and mobile keys.

Thank you to Kelli for your time and insights!


  1. Hello Kelly, congrats on your spotlight! I have had the privilege of traveling with you to many great countries. You are an amazing person.

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