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Mr. Shea

Timothy Shea

President, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

As president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality (formerly known as VingCard Elsafe), Tim Shea leads the company in providing the most advanced solutions in electronic locking, guestroom safes and energy management system technologies to the global hospitality market. A true industry veteran with an extensive background in multichannel sales of industrial electro-mechanical products, Mr. Shea has leveraged this expertise to successfully develop and execute a multi-year business plan that resulted in significant improvements in both fiscal performance and operational efficiencies. Under Mr. Shea's direction, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has undergone a company-wide restructuring that is responsible for the organization's enhanced ability to achieve service orientation in mature markets, streamline R&D operations and the establish clear brand leadership around the world. Since taking on this role, he has been the force behind several new product developments that have solidified ASSA ABLOY Hospitality's position as the technology leader in the hotel locking and security market. Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY Hospitality in 2004, Mr. Shea amassed over two decades of experience as a top management executive at several prominent multinational organizations. Throughout his successful career, he has been directly credited with reversing negative trends at several under-performing organizations, and ultimately converting them into efficient and profitable operations. Mr. Shea currently serves on the board of various membership associations, including the Stuart Dean Company, Timelox AB Sweden, Wise Union Hong Kong and VingCard A.S. His educational background includes a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Shea continues to augment his extensive knowledge and expertise by continuing his education through institutions such as the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Shea can be contacted at 972-907-2273 or Timothy.Shea@assaabloy.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.