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Mr. Nicolls

Marcus Nicolls

Senior Vice President and Business Unit President, Partners in Leadership (PIL)

Marcus Nicolls is Senior Vice President and Business Unit President of Partners In Leadership (PIL). He serves on the company's Senior Management Team and helps lead the strategic vision and direction of the organization. His extensive experience in leadership, management, and sales has largely helped shape PIL and the company's continued success. Mr. Nicolls has worked with some of the world's most successful senior leaders from Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, including Boston Scientific, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Intel Security, Kroger, Louis Vuitton, Marvell, Sony, Starbucks, US Foods, and Walgreens. As an expert in Accountability Training® and Culture Change, Marcus helps deliver value-added business solutions that are industry relevant to his clients and has implemented organizational transformations, resulting in record-setting results such as increased revenues, improved shareholder value, high employee engagement, and low turnover. Clients praise his world-class ability to passionately get involved as an expert consultant, providing valuable insight on trending issues and taking ownership for helping to deliver on their results. Marcus Nicolls is Senior Vice President and Business Unit President of Partners In Leadership (PIL). He serves on the company's Senior Management Team and helps lead the strategic vision and direction of the organization. His extensive experience in leadership, management, and sales has largely helped shape PIL and the company's continued success. Mr. Nicolls has worked with some of the world's most successful senior leaders from Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, including Kroger, Starbucks Coffee, Covance, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Boston Scientific, and Sony. As an expert in Accountability Training® and Culture Change, Marcus helps deliver value-added business solutions that are industry relevant to his clients and has implemented organizational transformations has extensive knowledge and background spanning over several industries, including hospitality, finance, technology, healthcare, government, retail, energy, and entertainment. Mr. Nicolls is a regularly featured keynote speaker for large conferences, associations, and organizations with the distinction of providing a keynote address at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to an audience of 20,000 people. Other speaking engagements include the National Restaurant Association Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group, Food Marketing Institute's Future Connect, and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Audience participants praise his passion, insight, and wisdom as a speaker and world-class facilitator. Mr. Nicolls received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of California, San Diego. Marcus has lived abroad and is conversant in the Chinese language. Marcus and his wife, Joy, have 4 children.

Mr. Nicolls can be contacted at 800-504-6070 ext. 223 or marcus.nicolls@ozprinciple.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.