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Ms. Novotny, CHSE

Cindy Novotny, CHSE

Managing Partner, Master Connection Associates

Managing Partner of Master Connection Associates (MCA) Cindy Novotny is recognized by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as one of nine most powerful and innovative speakers. Ms. Novotny has been branded the “Radical Mentor” by thousands of executives around the world for her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. Ms. Novotny has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Training Magazine, Successful Meetings, and broadcast live on the BBC. Ms. Novotny spans the globe speaking to vast audiences that range from line employees to top executives. She has shared the stage with global leaders such as former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recognized Ms. Novotny as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing. The Award is given for the most innovation, vision and achievement in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. Ms. Novotny founded Master Connection Associates and it is now one of the premiere international consulting and training organizations specializing in service delivery, sales and leadership performance. MCA's work contributed to client success including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company earning an unprecedented two Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, Alston & Bird, LLP Law Firm reaching number two on Fortune Magazine's '100 Best Companies to Work For' List and Barclays Bank (UK) becoming the # 1 service provider in their competitive set while winning more than 17 national and international service excellence awards…and counting. Energy, passion, and drive guarantee Ms. Novotny's message will captivate each person in her audience. Her targeted message and popularity has no boundaries as she addresses groups around the world. Her charismatic, humorous, no nonsense approach, combined with in-depth knowledge, bring an audience alive with reality-based skills and cutting edge training technology. Speaking topics include sales, customer service, leadership, conflict resolution, innovation, building dynamic teams and quality processes relative to service.

Ms. Novotny, CHSE can be contacted at 949-589-6137 or cindynovotny@masterconnection.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.