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Mr. Sawchuk

Mike Sawchuk

President & General Manager, Enviro-Solutions

Mike Sawchuk has been involved with the jansan industry for more than 15 years. He is currently Vice President and General Manager of Enviro-Solutions, a leading manufacturer of certified-Green cleaning chemicals, based in Ontario, Canada. Sawchuk has developed and implemented various strategic programs in the professional cleaning industry throughout North America. His career has spanned various sales, marketing, and operations positions with both large and small manufacturers, as well as distributors. A graduate of Brock University with a bachelor of business administration, Sawchuk also has an MBA from McMaster University. As a frequent presenter at seminars and tradeshows as well as author of several articles discussing Green cleaning issues, Sawchuk is recognized as a "hands-on" expert on Green cleaning chemicals and systems.

Mr. Sawchuk can be contacted at 877-674-4373 or Sawchuk@Enviro-Solution.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.