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Ms. Owens

Suzanne Owens

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Kenyon International, Inc.

Suzanne Owens is in her twentieth year as Vice President of Sales for Kenyon International. She focuses primarily on the hospitality industry, where she has been active in the advancement of green and sustainable cooking technologies through education and training. These principles are also important to the institutional, academic and military segments, which she also serves. Ms. Owens also developed an on-line course entitled The Next Generation of Cooking: Induction Cooking Systems, which earns the participant 1 CEU credit upon completion.

Prior to her time at Kenyon, Ms. Owens held numerous positions in specialty chemicals, including technical marketing consultant, worldwide product manager, market manager, technical service representative, research chemist, and product engineer over twenty years with various firms. She holds a B.S. degree in Textile Chemistry with a specialty in dyestuffs and has a patent on 28 dyes for nylon.

Kenyon International, Inc. is a veteran owned small business and domestic manufacturer of 1 & 2-burner ceramic cooktops and indoor/outdoor smokeless electric grills for residential, hospitality, institutional, academic, military, marine and mobile markets globally. Established in 1931, Kenyon is the recognized market leader in the markets it serves for its specialty cooking appliances, and holds numerous patents and awards for its innovation. Recently, the new SilKEN 2 induction cooktops earned a Silver Product Innovation Award from Environments for Aging. Additional new SilKEN 2 cooktops are in the development pipeline. Recently, new vacuum technology StacKEN cookware was introduced to compliment the SilKEN induction cooking system.

Please visit http://www.cookwithkenyon.com. for more information.

Ms. Owens can be contacted at 860-664-4906 or sowens@cookwithkenyon.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.