Sonesta's Meeting Planner Advisory Board was established in 1983 to build stronger communications with meeting planners and gain a better understanding of their needs and concerns. It was the first of its kind in the industry, and both Sonesta and its Meeting Planner Advisory Board members have received much acclaim for their achievements.
The Meeting Planner Advisory Board meets annually at different Sonesta hotels and resorts. The meetings are held over a two-day period, during which time board members share their views on industry topics and analyze Sonesta's approach to group business. Marketing strategies and current issues of the Sonesta property hosting the Board are also featured on the agenda. Sonesta's top executives join with the planners to discuss agenda issues.
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
Over the years, the board has been instrumental in assisting Sonesta with the development of its marketing strategy, design of meeting space in several hotels, group sales training and advertising campaigns. They also advise company executives of recent trends in the meetings industry and have even reviewed blueprints and critiqued layouts of ads and brochures.