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Ms. Mockus

Eileen Mockus

CEO, Coyuchi

Eileen Mockus is Chief Executive Officer of Coyuchi, Inc., makers of organic and natural bedding, bath linens, sleepwear, table linens and other home textiles. A natural lifestyle pioneer, Coyuchi was founded more than 20 years ago in the California coastal village of Point Reyes Station. Today, Coyuchi is a rapidly emerging home textile brand with national recognition in the media and a retail internet presence growing at over 60% per year---testimony to an enthusiastic and devoted national customer following. Before joining Coyuchi as Vice President of Product Development in 2011. Ms. Mockus gained practical, technical and entrepreneurial experience working in textile production, sourcing and materials testing for such iconic brands as North Face, Patagonia and Pottery Barn Kids. Developing a passion for textiles in her youth, Ms. Mockus holds a Bachelor of Science in Textile and Clothing from the University of California, Davis, where she graduated with college and department honors. She subsequently earned a Masters of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Small Business and Entrepreneurship at San Francisco State University. Ms. Mockus is steadfastly committed to the values of the Coyuchi brand, as expressed by the quality, touch and reverent sourcing of all the company's products. Under her leadership, Coyuchi's cotton products have secured certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard, the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, and the launch of furniture and table linen categories. Ms. Mockus has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years with her husband, two children and three cats.

Ms. Mockus can be contacted at 888-418-8847 or emockus@coyuchi.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.