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Mr. McKeown

Todd McKeown

Vice President Direct Sale Strategic Markets, Cintas

As Vice President of Direct Sale Strategic Markets and Officer, Todd McKeown is responsible for the Tailored Apparel business at Cintas. He also has responsibility for all other Cintas services sold into the Hospitality & Gaming market, which includes Deep Clean, Rental Garments, Facility Services, First Aid & Safety Products and Training, and Fire Protection.

In this role, Mr. McKeown oversees an organization of sales and operations dedicated solely to the Hospitality & Gaming market. In addition to the U.S. Tailored Apparel business, Mr. McKeown also runs the International and Luxury Apparel business units. Cintas' Luxury business, Fourmy, is based in Toronto, Canada.

International presence consists of the Calamex business servicing Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Islands, the European business, Cintas Hospitality UK, based in London, and the Asia business in Hong Kong, with offices in Shanghai and Macau.

Mr. McKeown can be contacted at 513-972-2079 or McKeownt@cintas.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.