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Mr. Sherwin

Mark Sherwin

Executive Vice President, Operations, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Mark Sherwin joined Sonesta in January, 2014 as Executive Vice President of Operations for Sonesta Hotels. He is responsible for overseeing cost improvement initiatives, profit improvement plans, operational fiscal responsibility, and bottom-line operations strategies for the company's growing collection of global brands, including Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posadas Del Inca, and Sonesta Cruise Collection. Mr. Sherwin is no stranger to F&B and in fact began his career as a restaurant manager, culminating in hiring several celebrity chefs including Jose Andreas and Michel Richard to lead kitchens under his management. His favorite region is Napa Valley and he enjoys the whole farm to table movement accompanied by a good craft cocktail. Mr. Sherwin has more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and has been involved at both the property and corporate level. His career has revolved around developing operational initiatives, managing hundreds of employees, and establishing innovative sales and Mr. Sherwineting policies. Prior to joining Sonesta, Mr. Sherwin was employed at Ritz-Carlton where he furthered his hospitality experience as the General Manager at Tysons Corner and as the Regional Vice President of Sales and Mr. Sherwineting. His extensive hospitality career also includes multiple leadership roles with Marriott International. Some of his major accomplishments include being selected as a GM of the year finalist, opening five new hotels as a Regional Director, and developing new strategies in ecommerce, industry sponsorship, and customer segmentation. Mr. Sherwin graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration. He then furthered his education by obtaining his MBA at Georgia State University.

Please visit http://www.sonesta.com for more information.

Mr. Sherwin can be contacted at 617-421-5429 or msherwin@sonesta.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.