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Mr. Bennie

Paul Bennie

Director of Business Development, ProfitSword

As Director of Business Development for ProfitSword, Paul Bennie leads sales efforts for the company and is a leading expert in business intelligence software and applications for the global hospitality industry.

Throughout his carrier, Mr. Bennie has attained a deep working knowledge of the latest trends in data analytics, data integration and collection; leveraging his background to provide hoteliers with the ability to streamline the strategic decision-making process and enhance profitability.

Areas that he further specializes in with ProfitSword include maximizing hotel accounting, sales pacing, forecasting and budgeting abilities. This he achieves by working with solutions capable of providing daily data collection from disparate sources and across a hotel brand's portfolio. Such platforms are also able to offer access to actionable data in real time through the delivery of pre-scheduled and customizable reports.

Prior to joining ProfitSword, Mr. Bennie held key positions at several notable data analytics and hospitality-focused organizations. These include serving as Senior Director Operations for Noble Investment Group and as Director of Operations Analysis for Hersha Hospitality Management.

Joining ProfitSword in 2010 and holding several leadership roles before becoming Director of Business Development, Mr. Bennie is now in charge of increasing revenues in the hospitality market, and generating leads through inside and outside sales, tradeshows, industry conferences, and client meetings.

Other tasks that Mr. Bennie performs include creating detailed contracts and scope documents in order to protect both client and ProfitSword interests. He is also responsible for creating a smooth transition between the sales process and implementation.

A graduate of Brigham Young University where he majored in business administration, Mr. Bennie has specialized in business and finance analysis since 2002.

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

Mr. Bennie can be contacted at +1 407-219-9151 or pbennie@profitsword.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.