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Dr. Tinnish

Susan Tinnish

Advisory Group Chair, Vistage

Sue Tinnish, Ph.D., is a seasoned hospitality professional who has been writing for HotelExecutive since 2013. She has a diverse background in hospitality and business with specific skills in leadership, formulating strategy, managing change, building teams, and delivering on strategic and tactical projects.

Dr. Tinnish has been selected to serve as a Vistage leader (Chair). Since 1957, Vistage has been helping CEOs improve and grow their businesses. Fundamental to Vistage's success is the convening of non-competing peer advisory boards where business leaders can gain different perspectives and seek clarity to their pressing issues, decisions and challenges. Sue will be assembling a group in Chicago - which she hopes will include representation of the hotel sector.

Prior to her work coaching and working with CEOs though Vistage, Dr. Tinnish worked as a Strategist at Minding Your Business (MYB). MYB works to develop relevant, meaningful and sustainable approaches to strategic planning, branding, marketing / communications strategies, customer/member initiatives, plus helping organizations engage with their audiences through re-engineered meetings and events. Their primary customer base is hospitality organizations, associations, destination marketing organizations with a smattering of corporate clients.

Prior to that Dr. Tinnish served as the dean of the Kendall College School of Hospitality Management and the International School of Business. As Dean, she oversaw and managed all aspects of the Schools including faculty and curriculum selection, assessment and program direction. She served as a member of Kendall's academic leadership team. Initially joining Kendall as a faculty member, Dr. Tinnish taught courses on leadership, organizational behavior, sustainability, meeting management and human resource. She started working in the hospitality industry after leaving a successful career in financial services (corporate sales), concentrating on meetings and events. Dr. Tinnish served as President of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Chicago area chapter and was recognized by her peers with numerous awards including being inducted to the Chapter Hall of Fame.

A highly regarded thought leader in the hospitality industry, Dr. Tinnish is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Beyond her contributions to the HotelExecutive, some of her recent publications include: Embedding Sustainability into a Hotel: One leader's view of the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, co-written with Dr. Kevin Lynch appearing in Sustainable Hotels: Exploring the Opportunities for Value Creation, Greenleaf Publishing, 2016. Also appearing in the same book is her chapter, A Strategic Decision Framework for Hotel Managers Embarking on a Sustainable Supply Chain Management Initiative. She also contributed two chapters (Designing the Meeting Experience and Strategic Meetings: Aligning with Organizational Priorities) to Professional Meeting Management: A Guide to Convention, Meetings and Events, 6th edition.

Dr. Tinnish earned her PhD from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance and marketing from University of Chicago's Booth School and a B.S. in communication studies from Northwestern University.

Please visit http://www.vistage.com for more information.

Dr. Tinnish can be contacted at 847-404-7325 or Sue.Tinnish@vistagechair.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.