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Ms. Zoba

Holly Zoba

Senior VP of Sales - Hospitality, Signature Worldwide

As Signature Worldwide's senior vice president of sales, Holly Zoba is responsible for leading the sales efforts in the hospitality industry. Ms. Zoba joined Signature in this role in January 2010 with more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience. Ms. Zoba is an accomplished leader known for maintaining strong customer relationships, sourcing new business and determining best-fit solutions for clients. She also has in-depth experience in training, developing and coaching talent. Prior to her role as senior vice president, Ms. Zoba was the director of business development in the central United States for Milestone Internet Marketing. Before that, she worked with Signature for three years where she was consistently the top seller in the hospitality division and held the position of national sales director. Ms. Zoba has also worked as a hotel general manager, corporate director of sales and marketing, and director of business development for her own website design company. Ms. Zoba holds a bachelor's degree from Catholic University and is an allied board member of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. She also has received executive education and sales training from the University of Virginia, Darden School.

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

Ms. Zoba can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or hollyzoba@signatureworldwide.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.