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Ms. Dunphy

Jennifer Dunphy

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vayu Media

An accomplished sales and marketing executive, Jennifer Dunphy is currently vice president of sales and marketing at Vayu Media, a strategic Internet marketing solutions agency. As a member of the founding executive team and company principal, Ms. Dunphy has successfully leveraged her expertise in SEO, online and mobile marketing, and social media marketing solutions to establish a strong re-seller network of advertising agencies, marketing organizations and PR firms to drive significant new business growth. Recognized for exceptional ability to attract, develop and retain high-performing personnel, Ms. Dunphy has played a key role in building the company's internal talent pool At Vayu, which is based in Atlanta with four offices in the U.S. and South America, she oversees the firm's South American operations, and directly manages select strategic marketing campaigns for both domestic and international clients. A sought-after subject-matter expert, Ms. Dunphy has been interviewed and quoted by FOX5, CBS, All Business, The Examiner, Univision, TAG Tech Talk Radio, Atlanta Business Radio and International Living. She has presented on SEO, social media and reputation management at numerous digital marketing conferences and forums, including the 2011 Digital Summit in Atlanta, the 2011 Women in the Spotlight Symposium, the Business Boot Camp for Women and SoCon 2012. Additionally, Ms. Dunphy has presented to the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Bar Association, E-Marketing Association and conference, and the Buckhead Club. Ms. Dunphy has contributed content to Visibility Magazine, EConsultancy, Womenetics and The Little Pink Book, and she was quoted in the book Fast Track Networking: Turning Conversations Into Contacts. Ms. Dunphy has been nominated for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Entrepreneur of the Year Award for four consecutive years, The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Atlanta Business Leaders 40 Under 40 Award, and the Technology Association of Georgia's TAG Marketing Award. In addition, she was selected to participate in LEAD Atlanta, an intensive eight-month leadership development and community education program. Ms. Dunphy serves as the Marketing Chair for the TAG FinTech Board and the TAG Social Business Society and is a committee member of the Buckhead Club's membership and women's network committees. Previously, she was a member of the Venture Atlanta Volunteer Committee. An active volunteer for Himalayan Children's Charities, Ms. Dunphy has also been instrumental in launching a charity in South America in the country of Columbia that will offer structured sports and college prep education to children from low-income families. Born in Minnesota, Ms. Dunphy currently resides in Georgia where she earned her bachelor of science degree from Georgia State in 2005. A world traveler, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and is conversational in Polish.

Ms. Dunphy can be contacted at 404-547-0949 or jdunphy@vayumedia.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.