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Mr. Feeney

Paul Feeney

Managing Director, Sanford Rose Associates - Wayne

Paul Feeney is currently the Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates - Wayne, an Executive Search Firm located in Northern New Jersey. Sanford Rose Associates was founded in 1959, is a full-service executive search organization conducting retained and contingency searches through a network of 70+ offices worldwide devotes its practice to all areas of finance, accounting, general management, operations, technology, management consulting and project management for national and international searches. Mr. Feeney has over 25 years of executive search management and corporate recruiting experience while working in New York, London and Prague. Mr. Feeney resided in London and Prague for over 10 years working as an Executive Search Manager for Hays Plc and Nicholson International, where he specialized in financial management searches for positions based throughout Europe. In 1994, he then transferred to Prague with Nicholson International for three years where he was a Senior Recruiter for management positions in finance, technology, sales, marketing and general management for Central Europe, Slovenia and Russia. Mr. Feeney's last year in Prague was with PA Consulting Group where he was Manager for their Central European Human Resources Practice. While there he managed the implementation the divisions of executive search, assessment/psychometric testing centers and management training and development courses for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Before returning to the USA, he decided to take some time off and traveled around the world for 20 months throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East. Upon returning to the New York area, Mr. Feeney was a Corporate Recruiter at Merrill Lynch within their institutional sales, trading and operations for their US markets. Mr. Feeney graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Please visit http://www.sanfordrose.com/wayne for more information.

Mr. Feeney can be contacted at 201-962-2122 or pfeeney@sanfordrose.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.