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Ms. Davis

Katie Davis

Director of Sales & Marketing, Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center

Katie Davis, Director of Sales + Marketing, joined Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center in June 2013 in the pre-opening phase, overseeing the hotel through the $25 million transformation, which was unveiled in July 2014. Ms. Davis also started as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Wischermann Partners in February 2016, a national hospitality firm focused on the operations of upper upscale and luxury hotels. Throughout her career, Ms. Davis has held multiple senior sales and marketing positions with a proven track record of revenue and business growth, goal achievement, sales operations and effective team leadership. Ms. Davis joined Le Meridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center from Hyatt Hotels, where she was responsible for the financial success of Hyatt Regency O'Hare and Hyatt Rosemont, representing $70 million annually between the two properties, as Director of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Chicago, Ms. Davis was Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Director of Sales, Catering and Marketing at Hyatt on Printer's Row, and Associate Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Ms. Davis has been recognized for achievements many times throughout her career, including nominations for Sales Team of the Year at Hyatt Hotels in 2007 and 2008. She was nominated for Director of Sales of the Year at Hyatt Hotels in 2005, and Sales Manager of the Year in 2003. Ms. Davis won the Manager of the Year Award at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in 2003.

Please visit www.lemeridienoakbrook.com for more information.

Ms. Davis can be contacted at 630-368-9900 or katie.davis@lemeridienoakbrook.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.