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Mr. Sentman

Shannon Sentman

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, SOL VISTA

Shannon Sentman, Esq., MSRE, LEED AP®, is a recovering big-firm attorney, wanna-be programmer, and the Co-founder and CEO of SOL VISTA.

Since co-founding SOL VISTA in 2010, his leadership has established the company as the hotel energy experts, positioning its Skywalk™ platform as the best utility cost and building efficiency management tool available to the hotel sector. Skywalk now serves over two hundred subscribed hotels located throughout the U.S.

In addition to his work with SOL VISTA, Mr. Sentman is a frequent lecturer at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown and other universities, a former adjunct professor at University of Maryland, and an oft published author. His publications include the U.S. Green Building Council's "Green Office Guide" and the American Bar Association's "Green Building and Sustainable Development: A Practical Legal Guide."

Before co-founding SOL VISTA, Mr. Sentman practiced as an attorney, federal lobbyist, and strategic consultant with the international law firm Holland & Knight. While there he built a unique, cross-disciplinary practice counseling clients, such as Forest City, McKinsey & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, USGBC, Goldman Sachs, Rohm and Haas, and Fortune Brands, on environmental sustainability-related and real estate matters.

In addition to his law degree, Mr. Sentman earned a M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and was one of the first attorneys to earn the designation of LEED AP® from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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

Mr. Sentman can be contacted at 410-456-8044 or ssentman@solvista.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.