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46 SPRING 2018 P L A C E S Good as Gold Leon Goldberg never misses a workout, even on the road. His favorite way to explore a new city is by foot via an early morning jog. Traveling, he skips salty plane snacks in favor of healthy nuts and lots of water. It's no wonder, then, that he brings so much energy and vitality to his role as complex director of sales and marketing for two powerhouse New York City hotels: New York Marriott Marquis and Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Other than his family (his wife, two children, two cats, a fish and his beloved rescue pup, Pumpkin), there's nothing Goldberg loves more than showing newcomers around his hotels and the surrounding Times Square. We caught up with him during the launch of a new program called Times Squared, enabled by the Marriott-Starwood merger. He shares its perks for planners, how international business is going and why he's stepping up cultural training in anticipation of a huge group in October. What can you share about the new program, Times Squared, that brings those two properties together for meeting planners? This is a unique opportunity of two hotels that now can work together in attracting large conventions into New York City for groups of up to Leon Goldberg's passion for New York, a city he's called home for the better part of the last two decades, shines through a new program he's helped create at two iconic Times Square hotels. BY KELSEY OGLETREE 2,200 rooms on peak and in need of 160,000 square feet of meeting space. There's no single hotel in New York that can accommodate a group of that size. We have the ability to have one contact for the client, and we will have joint billing in the near future. The whole process will be seamless. On a greater scheme, both hotels are part of the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, so our associates can get data on big meetings across the portfolio. It makes it easier for clients so they don't have to re-create the wheel. How does the aptly named Times Squared play into the hotels' locations? They are six blocks apart. 37_47_CA_Places1_MS.indd 46 4/11/18 2:55 PM

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