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❏ Summary of other rights of cancellation without liability
including construction/renovation, change in hotel management
company, and reduction in hotel facilities or services.
❏ Requirements for indemnification provision protecting
the group against the negligence of hotel, its
employees and contractors.
❏ Obligation on the hotel to provide group with detail of its
Compliance with Laws
❏ Summary of each party's obligations under the Americans
with Disabilities Act including hotel's obligation as it relates
to compliance in guest rooms and public areas and group's
obligations as to programming in function space.
❏ Requirement of hotel providing verification of its compliance
with local fire, safety and health department codes.
So as you are dusting off and updating your group's RFP,
consider the key items noted above and including them in your
group's "clean" RFP. Remember, in negotiations, if you don't ask,
you don't get so use the RFP to communicate all items you are
seeking in your group's next contract. @
Barbara Dunn is a partner with the Association and Foundations
Practice Group at Barnes & Thornburg. Barbara can be reached
at (312) 214-4837 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This article should
not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific
facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general
informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own
lawyer on any specific legal questions you may have concerning
MPIGNY TALKS WITH
SENIOR NATIONAL SALES MANAGER
CROWNE PLAZA TIMES SQUARE
Tell us a little about yourself, your career and current position?
Growing up in Orlando and attending college in Jacksonville,
the state of Florida will always hold a special place in my heart.
I left my home state about five years ago to begin my career
at The Greenbrier, a luxury destination resort located in West
Virginia. At "America's Resort," I learned the industry from the
ground up, starting out as an EMM and working my way up to
National Sales Manager, where I was managing the Northeast
market for the property. It was a tremendous opportunity to
learn the intricacies of our industry at such a legendary resort
and the tons of free golf didn't hurt either! I moved to New York
City in 2011 and am currently employed by Highgate Hotels as
a Senior National Sales Manager representing Crowne Plaza
Times Square. I manage the financial, insurance, accounting,
consulting and legal group markets for the 795 hotel in
Why did you decide to join MPIGNY?
I joined MPI because I knew that I wanted to continue to
cultivate my professional relationships in the city and there's no
better way to do so than to be active in our chapter. As a sales
professional in this industry, I consider relationships to truly
be the lifeblood of what we do on a day-to-day basis. With that
said, I feel like MPIGNY provides me with an avenue to network
with various clients in a comfortable forum that benefits
everyone involved. But, it's just like anything else in life, in that
you get out what you put into it, so I try to stay active and attend
as many events as I possibly can.
How long have you been a member?
I've been a member of MPIGNY since 2010. I used to come up
to NYC pretty often on sales calls and would schedule my trips
around chapter events. I do have to give a shout out to Matt Davis
from Grass Roots as, early on, he was instrumental in introducing
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me to several people which made me feel very welcome within
What committee are you on and what is your role?
I am on the Golf Committee, and I have the privilege of being
the chairperson for this year's event. The MPIGNY Destination
Quebec Golf Outing will take place on Wednesday, July 23, at
Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, N.Y. I wouldn't
be a good chairperson if I didn't tell you that we still have a few
sponsorships opportunities available and are now accepting
player registration forms, too.
What is your favourite part of being part of MPIGNY?
Honestly, I'd have to say the people. In the last four years, I've met
so many of my colleagues within the industry that are so talented,
successful and generous that it pushes me to be a better person
each and every day. And, the fact of the matter is, most of those
people, one way or another, have somehow been affiliated with
MPIGNY throughout their careers.
What is your greatest source of job satisfaction?
I find the greatest satisfaction in just knowing I'm progressing in a
positive direction towards achieving my long-term career goals. I
still wake up every day feeling fortunate to live in the greatest city
in the world while having the opportunity to do something that I
have a true passion for.
What are your hobbies and what do you do in your spare time?
My hobbies include going to the gym, watching entirely too many
sports, reading the occasional book (when I want to feel smart),
going to concerts and just experiencing everything that this city
has to offer. I travel back to Jacksonville Beach a few times a year,
so it's nice to catch up with old friends and experience beach life
again for a few days. And, just like everyone else, family is very
important to me so having the opportunity to hang out with them
whenever I can is a real treat for me as well. @
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2014
Ask the Board
Speaking the Language of Sustainability
11 Delivering the ‘green’ at AIBTM 2014
IMEX America’s Sustainability Efforts: Greenhouses, Gardens and Growing Commitments
A CSR Preview of MPI’S WEC 2014
Greening Trends: Meeting Planners ‘go Local’ to Drive Down Costs
Sustainability at Caneel Bay Resort
Let’s Get Physical: Team Building for the Active Attendee
Mpigny’s Engaging Evening
Notes From the Field
Asheville CVB Injects Unique Destination Flare Into Meetings
History Comes Alive in Boston
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