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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 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.