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Mr. Sherwin

Mark Sherwin

Executive Vice President, Operations, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Mark Sherwin joined Sonesta in January, 2014 as Executive Vice President of Operations for Sonesta Hotels. He is responsible for overseeing cost improvement initiatives, profit improvement plans, operational fiscal responsibility, and bottom-line operations strategies for the company’s growing collection of global brands, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection. Mr. Sherwin is no stranger to F&B and in fact began his career as a restaurant manager, culminating in hiring several celebrity chefs including Jose Andreas and Michel Richard to lead kitchens under his management. His favorite region is Napa Valley and he enjoys the whole farm to table movement accompanied by a good craft cocktail. Mr. Sherwin has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and has been involved at both the property and corporate level. His career has revolved around developing operational initiatives, managing hundreds of employees, and establishing innovative sales and Mr. Sherwineting policies. Prior to joining Sonesta, Mr. Sherwin was employed at Ritz-Carlton where he furthered his hospitality experience as the General Manager at Tysons Corner and as the Regional Vice President of Sales and Mr. Sherwineting. His extensive hospitality career also includes multiple leadership roles with Marriott International. Some of his major accomplishments include being selected as a GM of the year finalist, opening five new hotels as a Regional Director, and developing new strategies in ecommerce, industry sponsorship, and customer segmentation. Mr. Sherwin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration. He then furthered his education by obtaining his MBA at Georgia State University. Please visit http://www.sonesta.com for more information.

Mr. Sherwin can be contacted at 617-421-5429 or msherwin@sonesta.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.