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Mr. Mullen

Sean Mullen

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer , Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Sean Mullen, chief sales and marketing officer at Noble House Hotels & Resorts, offers a results-driven approach to marketing through 20 years of hospitality industry experience, ranging from sales and catering to marketing and management. His success in branding, positioning, consumer marketing, revenue growth and advertising effectiveness contribute to the growth and development of business and support corporate strategic initiatives. Appointed to the newly-created title of chief sales and marketing officer at Noble House in September 2011, Mr. Mullen oversees a nationwide sales team of more than 45 employees, working to provide targeted, strategic sales support and direction in all market segments. He also oversees strategic direction and implementation in sales, marketing, catering, conference services, reservations sales and national sales. Previously, Mr. Mullen acted as the Noble House Hotels & Resorts corporate director of sales and marketing from 2003 - 2007. Mr. Mullen began his career with Noble House in 2002 at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., as the director of sales and marketing. In this role he developed strong marketing campaigns, repositioned the brand and completed a $54 million transformation. As a seasoned hotel industry executive, with experience in commercial luxury properties and international real estate, Mr. Mullen has incredible expertise in management takeovers, ownership changes, repositioning under performing assets, and expansion and development for high-profile companies such as Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Jack Nicklaus Golf Companies, Fairmont Hotels, Auberge Hotels and Capella Hotels. In addition, he is knowledgable in the opening of real estate developments, from hotels and resorts to clubs and golf courses. Mr. Mullen attended Lafayette College in Eason, Penn., and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics/business with a minor in anthropology and sociology. He grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Seattle, Wash., with his wife and four daughters. Mullen has won multiple industry and corporate awards including: • The Departures Magazine Luxury Marketing Achievement Award 2005 • HSMAI Adrian Awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze 2005 • Nominated as International Hotel and Restaurant Association and HOTELS “Young Hotelier & Restaurateur of the World Award” 1999

Mr. Mullen can be contacted at 425-827-8737 or smullen@noblehousehotels.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.