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Mr. Watson

Scott Watson

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, M3 Accounting + Analytics

Scott Watson graduated from the University of Arkansas and has since built a direct sales, sales management, and sales and marketing career that has spanned three decades focused specifically in the financial software and technology industries.

Mr. Watson finds tremendous value in matching the needs of hoteliers to the solutions and resources provided by M3. This approach allows M3 to help their customers succeed by driving financial performance, visibility and transparency.

Mr. Watson leads M3's sales and marketing teams in an effort to achieve short-term objectives and increase awareness of the M3 brand, while working as a member of the executive team to help develop long-term strategies that will ensure M3's continued growth and expansion as a global company. Since joining the company, M3 has realized consistent record growth and the customer base has grown by almost 100%.

As Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing for M3, Mr. Watson has been happy to accept invitations to participate as a panelist at The Americas Lodging Investors Summit (ALIS), to speak on the value of hosted technology solutions at HITEC (The Hospitality Industry Technology Exhibition and Conference) and to sit on the Advisory Board for Missouri State University's College of Hospitality Leadership.

Mr. Watson is currently spending time in the U.K. in preparing M3 for their global launch. Mr. Watson's time at the University of Arkansas coincided with the last two years of Lou Holtz's tenure as Head Football Coach. One of Mr. Watson's favorite quotes comes from Coach Holtz. “Ability is what you're capable of. Motivation determines what you do with those abilities. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Mr. Watson can be contacted at 770-531-3730 or Scott@m3as.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.