Sonesta's Meeting Planner Advisory Board was established in 1983 to build more effective communications with meeting planners around the globe. Its goal is simple: to learn more about the needs and concerns of meeting planners and make sure we address them as we plan seminars, conferences and other events at Sonesta properties. The board was the first of its kind in the industry, and over its two decades both Sonesta and its Meeting Planner Advisory Board have received accolades for their achievements.
The Meeting Planner Advisory Board gathers annually at a Sonesta hotel or resort. Over a two-day period, board members share their views on industry topics and analyze Sonesta's approach to serving groups and addressing their business needs. Their agenda features marketing and logistical strategies, innovative ideas that help us serve meeting planners better and current issues affecting their host property. Sonesta's top executives join the planners throughout the event to discuss agenda issues.
Over the past 20 years, Sonesta’s approach to planning meetings has evolved dramatically thanks to the board. It has helped to refine our marketing strategy, design our meeting space in several hotels, train our group sales specialists and develop advertising campaigns. What’s more, they keep company executives informed about current trends in the meetings industry, review blueprints of upcoming spaces, and critique layouts of ads and brochures.
KIMBERLE ADKINS, Ketchum, Inc., NY
CORBIN BALL, Corbin Ball Associates, WA
MARTIN D. BALOGH, American Bar Association, IL
WILLIE L. BENJAMIN, II, International Reading Association, DE
THOMAS CAHILL, Brigham & Women's Hospital, MA
STEPHEN CLARK, Stephen Clark & Associates, WI
KIM FIELDS, Barkley Kalpak Associates, NY
NATALIE FLEET, American Association of Airport Executives, VA
PETER HANLEY, PlanNet, VA
MARY KEOUGH-ANDERSON, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MA
ANNE-MARIE LADEROUTE, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ontario
LEILA MacFEELEY, Leila M. MacFeeley & Associates, NH
MARGARET MOYNIHAN, Deloitte & Touche, CT
CONNIE M. MULLIS, Meeting & Event Consultant, AL
SALLY O'CONNOR, Sally O'Connor & Associates, Inc., FL
NORMAN SHOSTAK, Consultant, MA
C. JAMES TROMBINO, Metal Powder Industries Federation, NJ