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Mr. Cronin

David Cronin

General Manager, Houston Marriott West Loop

David Cronin came to the Houston Marriott West Loop after 16 years of extensive Food and Beverage experience with Marriott, at both domestic and international locations. He held positions in Catering Sales, Event Management and Event Planning before becoming the Director of Food and Beverage at Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. His successful management of a broad cross-section of hospitality F&B operations, from vacation destinations in Florida and Texas to full service hotels in Illinois and Utah, led to many prestigious awards and national recognition. In Salt Lake City, Mr. Cronin personally garnered Marriott's Chairman Circle Achiever Award and Global Leadership Award for Special Events; while the hotel received many awards including Gold Key Award, Best of State Award, and Platinum Choice Award. At Chicago Marriott Downtown, he led the event team to regional acclaim by twice earning Marriott Event Team of the Year and Most Improved Event Customer Satisfaction. Since taking the reins of the Houston Marriott West Loop as the General Manager, Mr. Cronin received the prestigious Marriott General Manager Mustang Award for outstanding business leadership and led the hotel to awards for Customer Satisfaction Excellence and Guest Impact for 2011, and recognition as the Most Improved Hotel in the Americas. Mr. Cronin is active in the Houston Area Lodging Association, Children's Miracle Network, and Houston Business Council. At home, he enjoys reading, spending time with his daughter and is an avid cyclist.

Mr. Cronin can be contacted at 713-624-1520 or david.cronin@marriott.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.