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Ms. Maher

Shelley Maher

Director of Business Development & Client Relations, Total Customized Revenue Management

As a Director of Business Development and Client Relations, Shelley Maher plays a crucial role at Total Customized Revenue Management as the company expands throughout the country and into international markets.

With an extensive background in property-level hotel sales and knowledge in driving revenues in a variety of markets, Ms. Maher is a highly successful and effective professional with a passion for exceeding budgets and fostering a focused, results-driven team.

Ms. Maher's career spans approximately 30 years in the hospitality industry, which includes several leadership positions within the Hilton and Hyatt brands, where she directed sales and marketing for hotels in the downtown and suburban markets integrating her efforts with various facets of revenue management.

Most recently, she served as Director of Group Sales for the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, leading the charge for driving group revenues, preparing a budget and business plan to achieve measurable and significant results, forecasting the group segment, controlling costs and achieving year-over-year revenues in a competitive downtown market.

In recognition of her success and leadership, Ms. Maher's team was given the title of Sales Team of the Year in 2011 by the Embassy Suites Brand for her stellar results as Director of Sales & Marketing in exceeding budget, production results and market share.

In addition, the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis was the proud recipient of Hyatt's Revenue Team of the Year award in 2016, partially as a result of Ms. Maher's dedication and success as Director of Group Sales.

Ms. Maher has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University, and is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

Ms. Maher can be contacted at +1 623-536-7066 or Shelley@tcrmservices.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.