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Mr. Dominguez

Michael Dominguez

Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International

Michael Dominguez is the Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International providing oversight of sales strategies in the MICE and leisure segments, including industry relations, diversity sales and MGM Resorts Events & Production Services. Mr. Dominguez oversees a Global Sales team that expands the US, Canada and International destinations. Mr. Dominguez's experience spans 29 years in the hospitality industry ranging from Food & Beverage operations, hotel sales and responsibility for destination sales in Palm Springs, California. This experience has afforded Mr. Dominguez the opportunity to work for numerous hotel management/ownership companies including: Hyatt Hotels, Starwood Hotels, Marcus Hotels, Harbaugh Hotels, Loews Hotels to name a few. He has the unique experience of both an operations background coupled with an extensive sales and marketing responsibility. Mr. Dominguez is actively involved in leadership roles in the Meetings and Events Industry and has served as Chairman for the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International and currently serves on the US Travel Executive Committee. His other volunteer involvement includes being Co-Chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition, GBTA Foundation Board of Directors, HSMA Foundation Board and is a member of the CIC's Accepted Industry Practices Exchange board. Mr. Dominguez has been recognized for his leadership and industry dedication by Successful Meetings Magazine 2013 - 2106 Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, Smart Meetings 25 Smartest Industry Leaders, HSMAI's Top Minds in Sales & Marketing as well as Hispanic Business' 50 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States. Mr. Dominguez speaks often at industry events focused on education to the meeting planning community as well as advocating for the value of face to face meetings. He has published numerous articles that are dedicated to raising the business acumen around meetings.

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

Mr. Dominguez can be contacted at 702-632-7901 or mdominguez@mgmresorts.com

Coming up in May 2019...

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.