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Ms. Mockus

Eileen Mockus

CEO, Coyuchi

Eileen Mockus is Chief Executive Officer of Coyuchi, Inc., makers of organic and natural bedding, bath linens, sleepwear, table linens and other home textiles. A natural lifestyle pioneer, Coyuchi was founded more than 20 years ago in the California coastal village of Point Reyes Station. Today, Coyuchi is a rapidly emerging home textile brand with national recognition in the media and a retail internet presence growing at over 60% per year---testimony to an enthusiastic and devoted national customer following. Before joining Coyuchi as Vice President of Product Development in 2011. Ms. Mockus gained practical, technical and entrepreneurial experience working in textile production, sourcing and materials testing for such iconic brands as North Face, Patagonia and Pottery Barn Kids. Developing a passion for textiles in her youth, Ms. Mockus holds a Bachelor of Science in Textile and Clothing from the University of California, Davis, where she graduated with college and department honors. She subsequently earned a Masters of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Small Business and Entrepreneurship at San Francisco State University. Ms. Mockus is steadfastly committed to the values of the Coyuchi brand, as expressed by the quality, touch and reverent sourcing of all the company's products. Under her leadership, Coyuchi's cotton products have secured certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard, the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, and the launch of furniture and table linen categories. Ms. Mockus has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years with her husband, two children and three cats.

Ms. Mockus can be contacted at 888-418-8847 or emockus@coyuchi.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.