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Ms. Suttle

Denise Suttle

Assistant Director of Convention Services, Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau

Denise Suttle, CMP, has been with the Albuquerque CVB since moving to New Mexico from Oklahoma in 1991. She is the Assistant Director of Convention Services, working with citywide conventions that utilize the Albuquerque Convention Center and multiple hotels, sports events, and hotel meetings of all kinds. Ms. Suttle began at the CVB in convention sales as a telemarketer, earned increasingly responsible sales positions and eventually served as the division's interim vice president. Her switch to convention services was based on a desire to follow through with the relationships built during the sales process, to help her clients experience the best possible convention with her hands-on approach. Ms. Suttle sees each client as a potential partner and friend, and feels the convention is as much her responsibility as the meeting planner's. She believes that a successful CVB services manager must advocate for the customer, the city and the venues all at the same time—a juggling act that requires focus, patience and—above all—passion for customer service. A member of PCMA since 1996 and ESPA since 2000, Ms. Suttle has served on the board of directors, is past chairman of the marketing & communications committee, former editor of the quarterly E-newsletter “ACOMmodate,” and was a member of the continuing education committee. Ms. Suttle was part of the team responsible for writing the chapter on Convention Services Managers for the fifth edition of Professional Meeting Management published in 2005 by PCMA. She has participated in numerous panel presentations for ESPA and PCMA, and has presented convention services as a career path during Mega Mentor sessions of the PCMA Student Track.

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Ms. Suttle can be contacted at 1-800-733-9918 ext, 3335 or suttle@itsatrip.org

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Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.