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Mr. Sullivan

Jonathan Sullivan

Senior Manager of Operations, Beverage & Food, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort

Captivated by The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club for its artistic spirit and diverse offerings, Jonathan Sullivan serves as the senior manager of operations for beverage and food, where he has enhanced the customer interaction with his commitment to the service experience.

Mr. Sullivan oversees all eight beverage and food outlets and the Renaissance Brand RLife Live Programming for The Vinoy. Graduating from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, Mr. Sullivan has gained extensive knowledge in business management, which adds to his valued role with The Vinoy.

Mr. Sullivan brings more than eight years of expertise in delivering extraordinary guest experiences and satisfaction, along with a vast knowledge of the meetings and events industry. He is known for thriving in dynamic and high-pressure environments and increasing profits and covers while simultaneously providing positive leadership to his team.

Serving as a member of Marriott's Training and Recruiting Cadre, Mr. Sullivan's knowledge stems from his previous roles within the company as director of event service at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla. In addition, he gained noteworthy experience as director of event operations at the Memphis Marriott Downtown in Memphis Tenn. and later promoted to director of event planning and operations where he was a champion for local catering and maximizing the use of hotel inventory.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 727-894-1000 or jonathan.sullivan@marriott.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.