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Mr. Shelly

Randy Shelly

Executive Vice President, Hospitality, Shawmut Design & Construction

Randy Shelly is the executive vice president of hospitality at Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.5 billion national construction management firm. As executive vice president, Mr. Shelly is charged with overseeing the division's profitability and growth across its hotel, restaurant, and sports venues verticals, while ensuring each client's goals are exceeded.

During his time at Shawmut, Mr. Shelly has developed relationships with high-profile clients including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Nobu Hospitality, and Soho House. Under his leadership, the team has completed hotel projects for InterContinental New York Barclay, The Plaza, Nobu Ryokan, The Hoxton, Downtown LA, Boston Harbor Hotel, and Nobu Hotel Chicago.

In the restaurant sector, Mr. Shelly's team has cultivated partnerships with renowned hospitality groups including Union Square Hospitality Group, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, and Make It Nice.  He also launched the sports venues division at Shawmut, solidifying relationships with venues such as MetLife Stadium.

Mr. Shelly has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, working his way up from the project management ranks to a leadership role. Prior to joining Shawmut in 2002, he served as vice president for The Douglas Company.

Mr. Shelly is on the board of directors for Cradles to Crayons and supports Ment'or, the non-profit foundation that cultivates and inspires culinary excellence in young chefs, including selecting and training them to represent Team USA at the world's most prestigious culinary competition, Bocuse d'Or.

Mr. Shelly graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in construction management and has a certificate of business management from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business Management.

Please visit https://www.shawmut.com for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-shelly-07232612/

Mr. Shelly can be contacted at +1 617-622-7124 or rshelly@shawmut.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.