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Mr. Sherwin

Mark Sherwin

Executive Vice President, Operations, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Mark Sherwin joined Sonesta in January, 2014 as Executive Vice President of Operations for Sonesta Hotels. He is responsible for overseeing cost improvement initiatives, profit improvement plans, operational fiscal responsibility, and bottom-line operations strategies for the company's growing collection of global brands, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection. Mr. Sherwin is no stranger to F&B and in fact began his career as a restaurant manager, culminating in hiring several celebrity chefs including Jose Andreas and Michel Richard to lead kitchens under his management. His favorite region is Napa Valley and he enjoys the whole farm to table movement accompanied by a good craft cocktail. Mr. Sherwin has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and has been involved at both the property and corporate level. His career has revolved around developing operational initiatives, managing hundreds of employees, and establishing innovative sales and Mr. Sherwineting policies. Prior to joining Sonesta, Mr. Sherwin was employed at Ritz-Carlton where he furthered his hospitality experience as the General Manager at Tysons Corner and as the Regional Vice President of Sales and Mr. Sherwineting. His extensive hospitality career also includes multiple leadership roles with Marriott International. Some of his major accomplishments include being selected as a GM of the year finalist, opening five new hotels as a Regional Director, and developing new strategies in ecommerce, industry sponsorship, and customer segmentation. Mr. Sherwin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration. He then furthered his education by obtaining his MBA at Georgia State University.

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Mr. Sherwin can be contacted at 617-421-5429 or msherwin@sonesta.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.