The Events department oversees the strategic development, planning and execution of numerous MLS and SUM events in North America each year, including marquee events like MLS All-Star Week, CONCACAF Gold Cup, MLS Cup, the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour, MLS NEXT CUP, MLS Rivalry Week, MLS Decision Day, Campeones Cup, and U.S. Soccer Federation programming. Annually, the Events Team also manages cross-departmental initiatives including hospitality/B2B programming, press announcements, department/executive meetings, competition events and other strategic projects for the Enterprise.
The Director, Hotel & Meetings will lead the planning and successful execution of all MLS/SUM meetings and hotel contracts. They will lead the process for all hotel RFP’s for all MLS & SUM events (average of 75+ contracts per year). This includes procurement of hotels/venues, oversight of the overall timeline and planning, programming and coordinating with staff, meeting program stakeholders, logistics, budget and negotiations.
The position will also be responsible for using post-meeting analysis to recommend ways to improve the meeting experience (added value) and for recommending ways to effectively manage expenses and/or find new budgetary efficiencies and improve attendee experience at the meetings.
This position will also be responsible for developing a strategy for a short-term and long-term booking process that leverages Hotel Brand Representatives and CVB relationships, total spend and market analysis to secure concessions that are consistent across the department (elevating MLS processes to be consistent with the industry standard).