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Mr. Washko

John Washko

VP Exhibitions & Convention Sales, Mohegan Sun

As Vice President of Exhibitions & Conventions Sales, John Washko oversees the full scope of the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions at Mohegan Sun in Mystic Country, Connecticut. This involves two world-class ballrooms, more than 40 meeting rooms, a 125,000 square foot Expo Hall and three entertainment unique venues in which are open to group buyouts.

Prior to joining Mohegan Sun in summer 2017, Mr. Washko held executive level roles with Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. He has also held high level roles in sales, marketing, group sales and hospitality across his 20+ year career in the resort industry. In addition to his previous roles with Atlantis and The Broadmoor,  Mr. Washko was also VP of Sales and Marketing for Elite Meetings International and Director of National Sales for PGA National Resort & Spa.

Major events that Mr. Washko and his team at Mohegan Sun have been a part of include The Hartford Boat Show, The Southeastern CT Home and Garden Show, The New England Tattoo Expo, The Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Expo, CT Gamer Con, Barrett-Jackson Northeast, and Miss America 2020.

Mr. Washko is James Madison University graduate, has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing in 2015 by HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International) and in 2010 was awarded "Marketer of the Year" from HSMAI as well. He also is an Executive Committee Member of HSMAI's America's Board as well as sitting on the Advisory Board for Elite Meetings International.

Please visit http://www.meetings.mohegansun.com for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnpwashko/

Mr. Washko can be contacted at +1 860-862-9415 or Jwashko@mohegansun.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.