Washington, D.C. (January 19, 2015) – Social Tables (www.socialtables.com), the award-winning, collaborative meeting and event software provider, has announced that industry veteran Leland Pillsbury has joined its Board of Advisors. In this role, the Founder and Chairman of Thayer Lodging Group will help guide the company’s business strategy in the hospitality marketplace.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lee to the Social Tables family,” said Dan Berger, chief executive officer of Social Tables. “He is one of the most formidable individuals in the industry, and we look forward to learning from his invaluable expertise to help shape our company’s future.”
In addition to his role at the Thayer Lodging Group, Pillsbury is the owner of several hotels, including a recently added Social Tables customer, The Diplomat, a Hilton Curio hotel. Further, he is a founding investor in Thayer Ventures, a member of Cornell University’s Board of Trustees and School of Hotel Administration Dean’s Advisory Board, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the benefactor of the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
“Social Tables has transformed the hospitality landscape through its products, customer culture, and drive to change the way our industry does business,” said Pillsbury. “It’s because of this that I’m honored to join the Board of Advisors in their efforts to create a new playbook for the future of our industry.”
Pillsbury’s prominent career in hospitality has seen him play a major role in the launch of 15 new companies, and includes 19 years at Marriott, where he led the company’s entry into timesharing, Fairfield Inns, and Residence Inns. He is the recipient of the 2012 Far and Above Award for his contributions to the industry and his philanthropy. Mr. Pillsbury was also recognized in 2010 by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants with the Pioneer Award.
Pillsbury joins existing Social Tables board members David Peckinpaugh, CMP, President of Maritz Travel Company and Experient; Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO, VaynerMedia; Gregory A. O’Dell, President and CEO, Events DC; Larry Hall, CEO, PAR Springer-Miller; Carol Krugman, MEd, CMP, CMM, Meeting and Event Management Professor and Chair, Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events Management, Metropolitan State University; David Adler, Founder and CEO, BizBash; and Robert Thomas, PhD, MMB, Distinguished Marketing Professor, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.
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