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Mr. Storey

Thomas W. Storey

President of Hospitality, SONIFI Solutions

Thomas (Tom) W. Storey is President of Hospitality for SONIFI Solutions and is responsible for leading all of the Company's hospitality related strategic initiatives and operational activities. Mr. Storey is a seasoned hotelier with an extensive hospitality background based on almost 30 years in the industry. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President Business Strategy for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels worldwide under the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands. He was instrumental in the development of FRHI and he helped steer the business through an important period of growth during his recent tenure as President of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Other companies and brands for which he has worked include Marriott Hotels, Carlson Companies, Promus Hotels Corporation and Doubletree Hotels. Through various senior management roles, Mr. Storey has made significant contributions in the areas of business development, strategic planning, hotel technology and sales and marketing. As a testament to his contributions, Mr. Storey has been honored with numerous awards and acknowledgements which include being named to the list of The Top 25 Industry Leaders for Business Travel News and Travel Agent magazine as well as appearing on the Marketing 100 list as awarded by Advertising Age magazine. As a leading voice within the hospitality industry, he has also been a member of various organizations including the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the Travel Industry Association of America (TIAA). Mr. Storey holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Bates College.

Mr. Storey can be contacted at 605-988-1510 or publicrelations@sonifi.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.