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Mr. Ryan

Todd Ryan

Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

As director of sales and marketing for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, the premier convention hotel in Arizona, Todd Ryan has an overall responsibility for overseeing the sales strategies, advertising plans, client development and marketing initiatives for the hotel. With Mr. Ryan's strong vision and professional leadership, he has helped shape and refine Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s concept into an unparalleled and flourishing urban convention hotel. In 2011, the hotel was named Sheraton Hotel of the Year within its parent company’s North American division. And in 2010, he was named Sales Leader of the Quarter - West Region for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Ryan joined Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in May 2007 as the director of sales for the hotel’s new build opening team, and was even honored with the New Build and Acquisition Sales Team of the Year. Prior to Mr. Ryan’s experience with the Sheraton brand, he held the director of sales and marketing position at The Westin Riverwalk, and prior to that he was named director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Monterey in Monterey, California. He has more than 15 years of experience in the hotel industry, working with such brands as Hyatt and Hilton before joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Mr. Ryan began his hospitality career in Portland, Oregon with Red Lion Hotels, having worked his way through college as a front desk agent, guest services agent, food server, bartender, and restaurant supervisor. Upon graduation, he was promoted to a sales position as the executive conference manager. Doubletree later acquired Red Lion which resulted in additional promotions and relocations for Todd to Vancouver, Washington and later to Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, Mr. Ryan accepted a position with Hyatt Hotels in San Diego at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. After a successful 18 months in San Diego, he was promoted to senior sales manager at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and earned a distinguished “Sales Manager of The Year” nomination along with his Masters Degree in Business Administration before assuming a role as the director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Monterrey. Throughout these several moves, Mr. Ryan has had the opportunity to work the Corporate, Individual Business Travel, Government, Association, and SMERFE markets. He has been a member of PCMA, RCMA, SGMP, and MPI where he briefly served on the San Diego Chapter’s Board.

Mr. Ryan can be contacted at 602-262-2500 or todd.ryan@sheraton.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.