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Ms. Martin Yack

Deirdre Martin Yack

Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel 50 Bowery

Deirdre Martin Yack, director of sales and marketing for Manhattan's Hotel 50 Bowery, draws on more than two decades of experience in upscale New York City hotels to launch the city's first Joie de Vivre property. Ms. Yack and her team coordinate direct sales and marketing efforts to position the boutique luxury hotel as an adventurous Chinatown destination honoring its historical location. She also develops programs that connect to the city's culture, including an on-site exhibit curated by the Museum of Chinese in America. Throughout her career, Ms. Yack's commitment to the individual experience remains essential to her success, in both leading a team and pleasing hotel guests. “I take great pride in mentoring those on my team, and watching them grow in the industry,” she says. Though she typically focuses on big-picture concepts, Ms. Yack's overarching goal is an exceptional guest experience. “While it's easy to get wrapped up in the numbers, I always remember that there's a guest involved, and their comfort and satisfaction is our priority,” she says. A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Yack grew up on Long Island and attended Johnson and Wales University. While her experience working in a local restaurant as a teenager inspired her education, Ms. Yack focused on the hotel industry and kicked off her career with a position as reservation sales coordinator for Le Parker Meridien. Within a year, she earned a promotion to sales manager, and spent the next five years developing feeder markets for the AAA Four Diamond property. During this time, Ms. Yack also committed three years to the United States Air Force Reserves as a senior airman, undergoing basic training and committing one weekend a month to the organization. The experience solidified Ms. Yack's value of respect, teamwork, and an effective chain of command, tenets that continue to guide her as a hospitality professional.

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Ms. Martin Yack can be contacted at 212-508-8000 or 50bowerysales@jdvhotels.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.