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Mr. Yeadon

John Yeadon

Director of Sales & Marketing, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

John Yeadon is a results-driven hotel executive with a distinguished 20+ year career in hospitality management, highlighted through expertise in revenue generation, innovation, building team culture, leadership and problem resolution.

More than 13 years of Hyatt experience paired with a deep knowledge of hotels, remarkable drive and a passion for people has produced the ability to exceed business objectives, create synergistic teams and substantially improve business operations.

Mr. Yeadon began his hospitality career as a freshman in college at Indiana University, what started as a means to put himself through college ended up igniting his passion for hospitality and upon graduation resulted in a placement at Hyatt Regency Indianapolis as a Corporate Management Trainee. In this position, he was able to build the foundation that would allow him to quickly move up the Sales ladder with subsequent placements as Associate Director of Sales at Hyatt's of Downtown Denver followed by a promotion in 2012 to Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

In this Executive role he oversaw the $50 million transformation and repositioning of the hotel. From there, Mr. Yeadon moved to Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa as Director of Sales and Marketing before landing in his current role in February 2016 as Director of Sales and Marketing at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

During his tenure in San Diego, Mr. Yeadon oversees and manages the Sales and Marketing operation including hiring, training, performance coaching and development of 30+ colleagues.

Mr. Yeadon and his respective sales teams have won or been nominated for Director of the year or Sales Team of the year, one of Hyatt's most prestigious designations, every year since he became a Director in 2012.

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

Mr. Yeadon can be contacted at +1 619-358-6869 or john.yeadon@hyatt.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.