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Ms. Thomas

Tara Thomas

Vice President of Global Marketing, Certain Software, Inc.

Tara Thomas is Vice President of Global Marketing for Certain Software, Inc., where she is responsible for all marketing activities, including branding, events, social media, public relations, communications, strategy, and operations across Certain’s worldwide offices. Ms. Thomas’ career as a marketing and communications professional is defined by her broad experience leading teams executing integrated marketing programs and strategies, channel development, branding, positioning and messaging, social media, collateral and website development, advertising and PR, and award-winning events and lead generation programs. Her past experiences as a hands-on event professional gives her valued insight into the day-to-day challenges of today’s event professionals. Her background in the marketing of technology applications and online services spans a broad set of technologies including software-as-a-service, B2B, enterprise, financial services, publishing, real estate, and automotive markets. She has over 15 years of expertise managing strategic event marketing programs for companies including The Television Bureau of Advertising, Visa, IPIX and The Cobalt Group, a leader in the automotive marketing space. Most recently at Cobalt, Thomas oversaw a myriad of trade, corporate meetings and incentive events that were essential to Cobalt’s growth. At Certain, Ms. Thomas continues to incorporate new technology into events. Under her direction, the Certain marketing team develops and executes marketing campaigns that integrate mobile technology, tradeshows and virtual technology to keep event industry professionals abreast of the solutions Certain has to offer. Ms. Thomas often speaks at industry events where attendees are seeking to increase the overall value of their meetings and events. Her sessions not only have thoughtful, focused content but also a high degree of interactivity, including her trademark “caring and sharing” sessions. Thomas holds a BA in English and Communications from Lebanon College, and is based in San Francisco, CA. She is a member of Meetings Professional International (MPI).

Ms. Thomas can be contacted at 415-353-5330 or tthomas@certain.com

Coming up in May 2018...

Eco-Friendly Practices: The Greening of Your Bottom Line

There are strong moral and ethical reasons why a hotel should incorporate eco-friendly practices into their business but it is also becoming abundantly clear that “going green” can dramatically improve a hotel's bottom line. When energy-saving measures are introduced - fluorescent bulbs, ceiling fans, linen cards, lights out cards, motion sensors for all public spaces, and energy management systems - energy bills are substantially reduced. When water-saving equipment is introduced - low-flow showerheads, low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and serving water only on request in restaurants - water bills are also considerably reduced. Waste hauling is another major expense which can be lowered through recycling efforts and by avoiding wastefully-packaged products. Vendors can be asked to deliver products in minimal wrapping, and to deliver products one day, and pick up the packaging materials the next day - generating substantial savings. In addition, renewable sources of energy (solar, geothermal, wind, etc.) have substantially improved the economics of using alternative energies at the property level. There are other compelling reasons to initiate sustainability practices in their operation. Being green means guests and staff are healthier, which can lead to an increase in staff retention, as well as increased business from health conscious guests. Also, sooner or later, all properties will be sold, and green hotels will command a higher price due to its energy efficiencies. Finally, some hotels qualify for tax credits, subsidies and rebates from local, regional and federal governments for the eco-friendly investments they've made in their hotels. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document how some hotels are integrating sustainable practices into their operations and how their hotels are benefiting from them.