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Mr. McAvoy

Jim McAvoy

Founder & President, JWMcAvoy & Company Ltd.

Jim McAvoy founded JWMcAvoy & Company Ltd. in 2004. He has spent over 20 years accumulating diverse business experiences in business development, marketing and selling roles within the healthcare/managed care, financial services, learning/consulting and online market research industries. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. McAvoy was a Director of Sales at Communispace Corporation, a Boston based, online market research company founded in 1999. Mr. McAvoy worked closely with the senior management team and reported directly to the President and CEO. He helped create and shape sales strategy within an emerging market and sold to senior decision makers at Fortune 100 companies. In 1993 he joined The Forum Corporation, a global leader in workplace learning. While working out of their Manhattan office, he created and marketed a business development process that generated “significant” revenue for the firm's Eastern Division for seven years. Before working at The Forum Corporation, Mr. McAvoy was a sales executive from 1987 to 1993 with Aetna's Employee Benefits Division, specializing in the field of group indemnity & managed care and the marketing of 401k plans. Mr. McAvoy holds a BA in Economics & History from The College of William & Mary. He also attained the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation which is a partnership of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. McAvoy can be contacted at 610-374-2443 or jim@mcavoyleads.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.