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Mr. Haynie, SR.

Michael Haynie, SR.

President, Parkway Hospitality Management

Michael Haynie has devoted his entire professional career to the lodging and hospitality industry. After attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA, he took on various entry level positions before rising through the ranks to the executive level positions he has held for many years. Mr. Haynie has experience in every facet of hotel operations and has served in leadership capacities in hotels ranging from economy to luxury. Prior to launching his own hotel management enterprise, Mr. Haynie served as the Vice-President and Managing Director of Baltimore's Tremonts Hotels which encompassed the upscale Tremont Plaza Hotel and the economy Tremont Park Hotel. He also spearheaded the debut of the award-winning Tremont Grand events venue. Under his leadership, Baltimore's Tremonts ascended to new levels of profitability due to the strategic initiatives Mr. Haynie implemented. Mr. Haynie has also served as a General Manager with Hilton and InterContinental Hotels in Baltimore, Boston, and Hartford; as well as a General Manager with independent and branded hotels in Charlotte, Hartford, Boston and Washington, DC. While developing his extensive professional port folio, Mr. Haynie has also held numerous community service leadership roles in the Baltimore area. He currently serves as the Co-Chairman of Baltimore's National Academy Foundation High School (NAF), a flagship public high school, which pairs a college preparatory curriculum with five career disciplines: hospitality and tourism, finance, information technology, law and engineering. In addition to being a dedicated and effective youth mentor and advocate, Mr. Haynie was instrumental in helping NAF move and expand to its own middle/high school campus. NAF will now provide career enrichment opportunities to twice as many students. Mr. Haynie recently concluded a term as Chairman of the Board for the Historic Charles Street Association and he currently serves on the board of directors for each of the following professional organizations: The Maryland Tourism Development Board; Visit Baltimore Board of Directors; Charles Street Development Corporation; the Downtown Management Authority, The Downtown Partnership Board of Directors; the Hospitality Advisory Board for the Morgan State University School of Hospitality and The Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association; President of the Waverly Main Street Organization. Mr. Haynie was honored by the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Industry in 2007 as the state's “Hotelier of the Year” and in 2009 as the “Office of Tourism Development as the “ Mentor of the Year”.

Mr. Haynie, SR. can be contacted at 443-604-3835 or mhaynie@parkwaymgt.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.