Tom Pasha has been recognized as one of the top event planners in the planning industry. Starting in hotel operations positions as a caddy, bellman, bartender and cook, Tom began his management career as a Hyatt management trainee in Chicago. He held sales management positions throughout the Hyatt organization, working in 12 Hyatt hotels over 20 years. Tom was director of sales at Hyatt hotels in Greenville, San Antonio and Chicago O’Hare, and as director of sales, he started the National Sales Office for Hyatt hotels in Omaha. He won sales manager of the year, sales director of the year and the Donald M. Pritzker Award for Excellence.
Tom went into meeting planning and founded CONTACT Planning, a national meeting planning company with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Tom’s company books over 100,000 roomnights annually, working with corporate and association clients.
In addition to his planning responsibilities, Tom teaches the Meeting Planning Mastermind, a series of classes ranging from one hour to two full days, training planners about the inner workings of hotels to make them more effective negotiators. The sessions are full accredited for Continuing Education Hours for both CMP and CAE.