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Mr. Ryan

Todd Ryan

Director of Sales & Marketing, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

As director of sales and marketing for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, the premier convention hotel in Arizona, Todd Ryan has an overall responsibility for overseeing the sales strategies, advertising plans, client development and marketing initiatives for the hotel. With Mr. Ryan's strong vision and professional leadership, he has helped shape and refine Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel's concept into an unparalleled and flourishing urban convention hotel. In 2011, the hotel was named Sheraton Hotel of the Year within its parent company's North American division. And in 2010, he was named Sales Leader of the Quarter - West Region for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Mr. Ryan joined Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel in May 2007 as the director of sales for the hotel's new build opening team, and was even honored with the New Build and Acquisition Sales Team of the Year. Prior to Mr. Ryan's experience with the Sheraton brand, he held the director of sales and marketing position at The Westin Riverwalk, and prior to that he was named director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Monterey in Monterey, California. He has more than 15 years of experience in the hotel industry, working with such brands as Hyatt and Hilton before joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Mr. Ryan began his hospitality career in Portland, Oregon with Red Lion Hotels, having worked his way through college as a front desk agent, guest services agent, food server, bartender, and restaurant supervisor. Upon graduation, he was promoted to a sales position as the executive conference manager. Doubletree later acquired Red Lion which resulted in additional promotions and relocations for Todd to Vancouver, Washington and later to Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, Mr. Ryan accepted a position with Hyatt Hotels in San Diego at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. After a successful 18 months in San Diego, he was promoted to senior sales manager at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and earned a distinguished “Sales Manager of The Year” nomination along with his Masters Degree in Business Administration before assuming a role as the director of sales and marketing for the Hilton Monterrey. Throughout these several moves, Mr. Ryan has had the opportunity to work the Corporate, Individual Business Travel, Government, Association, and SMERFE markets. He has been a member of PCMA, RCMA, SGMP, and MPI where he briefly served on the San Diego Chapter's Board.

Mr. Ryan can be contacted at 602-262-2500 or todd.ryan@sheraton.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.