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Ms. Bailey

Amy Bailey

VP of Finance and HR, TSheets

Amy Bailey oversees all of the finance, human resource, legal, and facilities operations at TSheets — a time tracking and employee scheduling app that's used by 20,000 businesses worldwide. Her key role is to make the entire enterprise run smoothly, so the TSheets team can stay hyper-focused on helping its customers journey into greatness. Before TSheets, Ms. Bailey spent eight years working in the business assurance group at Coopers & Lybrand, now better known as PricewaterhouseCoopers following its 1998 merger with Price Waterhouse. Back in the technology sector, TSheets is just one of a number of high-growth companies that Ms. Bailey has worked for during her career. She has more than 25 years of experience in the sector having worked for Microsoft, Extended Systems (a printer-sharing and data/server management system company that was acquired by Sybase), ProClarity (a business intelligence and data analysis software company that was acquired by Microsoft in 2006), and Silverback Learning Solutions (a SaaS company focused on solutions to provide individualized learning plans and interventions for students). Amy also spent 3 years consulting for Marlin Equity (a global investment firm, focusing on due diligence and operation integrations for some of its technology portfolio companies.) Based in Boise, Idaho — which is home to a thriving tech community of its own — Amy has two children and lives with her husband and an English Mastiff named Scout in a fixer-upper in Boise's historic north end. Ms. Bailey is an original tomboy and enjoys all that the Idaho outdoors offers. She spends as much spare time as she can on a bike on a country ride or in the mountains, and cooks and bakes like a champ—the ultimate way to earn back those lost calories.

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Ms. Bailey can be contacted at 888-836-2720 or amy@tsheets.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.