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Mr. Green

Jeff Green

President and CEO, Jeff Green Partners

Led by President and CEO Jeff Green, Jeff Green Partners provides a full spectrum of analytical and interpretive services for retailers, property owners, developers and municipalities. The Phoenix-based firm is a nationally recognized leader in real estate feasibility, with significant experience in everything from shopping center development and re-positioning to retailer expansion and location assessment. Beyond feasibility studies and demographic profiles, the firm provides the kind of in-depth analysis that generates critical context, penetrating insight and valuable strategic direction to many of the country's leading developments. Jeff Green Partners provides both the big picture and the small details, the large-scale feasibility context and the granular market analysis—all within the framework of a boutique, customized research process that delivers clear and concise reports packed with the kind of actionable intelligence and analysis that supports meaningful bottom-line decisions for clients. With over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Jeff Green has had extensive consulting experience on a wide range of research projects ranging from feasibility studies for development projects across the U.S. and internationally to sales projections for specific retailers. Mr. Green is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences sponsored by industry organizations such as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Food Marketing Institute and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is also a regular contributor and source to industry focused media and national media outlets, sharing his market insight on the retail, mixed-use and real estate industry's most important topics and trends. Mr. Green is a graduate of Michigan State University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Food Marketing Institute, American Marketing Association, ULI, International Downtown Association and the Value Retail Association.

Please visit http://jeffgreenpartners.com for more information.

Mr. Green can be contacted at 602-795-8351 or jgreen@jeffgreenpartners.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.