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Mr. Sullivan

Tim Sullivan

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Cendyn

As the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Cendyn, Tim Sullivan oversees global sales, business development, marketing, product management, and client success. Previously President of Cendyn/ONE, where he brought an integrated hotel CRM and digital marketing platform to market, he is now responsible for Cendyn's global expansion and strategy for the Cendyn Hospitality Cloud. During his eight-years with the company, Mr. Sullivan has played a key role in helping transform Cendyn into a cloud-based software and services company that is revolutionizing the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Cendyn, Mr. Sullivan founded Godengo (now GTxcel) to create a national online advertising network and content distribution platform for luxury lifestyle magazine publishers. As CEO of Godengo, he set the strategic vision for the company and led the creation of an innovative SaaS platform which is in use today by thousands of publications. Prior to starting Godengo, Mr. Sullivan worked at NTT Communications, the world's largest telecommunications company. During his eight years with NTT, he held leadership positions in Interactive Development, Product Management, and Corporate Marketing, where he was responsible for global digital advertising and e-commerce strategy across the US, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Sullivan started his career in hospitality technology and digital marketing by creating the first online travel portal for the city of New Orleans, The New Orleans Connection. He studied Art and Design at Louisiana State University.

Mr. Sullivan can be contacted at 561-419-2014 or tsullivan@cendyn.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.