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Mr. Sanders

Rowan Sanders

Director of Marketing & Communications, Veolia Energy North America

Rowan Sanders has been Director of Marketing and Communications for Veolia Energy since April 2007. In this position, Mr. Sanders is responsible for brand management, crisis communication, public relations, and internal communication.

Veolia Energy is an operator and developer of efficient energy solutions, with extensive experience in energy management at nearly 24,000 hospitality, cultural, sports, and education facilities around the world.

Prior to this position, Mr. Sanders oversaw a new print publication, Review of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Before that venture, he spent eight years in the electric utility industry in Texas at Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP) and its affiliated retail electric provider, First Choice Power (FCP), which was formed to serve electric customers when the Texas market opened up to competition in 2002.

Mr. Sanders earned a Master of Management degree in E-Commerce at the University of Dallas (summa cum laude), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Texas Christian University, and a Bachelor's degree in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Veolia Energy serves the full range of businesses involved in retail, hotels and leisure including hotels, casinos, retailers, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants, arenas and stadiums, convention centers, museums, tourist destinations, sports and recreation facilities, etc. Veolia Energy leverages a portfolio of technical energy services skills to reduce energy and fuel consumption, operating risks and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. Sanders can be contacted at 617-849-6656 or rsanders@veoliaenergyna.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.