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Mr. Hirsch

Jeffrey Hirsch

Founder and President, The Right Brain Studio, Inc.

Jeff Hirsch is the Founder and President of The Right Brain Studio and Adjunct Professor in the graduate Communications Management program at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism. His research insights, business development strategies and new product ideas are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for some of the world's top brands such as Caesar's Entertainment, Disneyland & Disneyworld, Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Brown-Forman, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Anheuser-Busch and many others. Mr. Hirsch started his career in advertising account management at DKG advertising in New York City. After working on various brands for the agency's Brown-Forman account, the client hired him to work directly for the company at its Louisville, KY headquarters in Brand Management on the Old Forrester Bourbon brand and innovation projects. He later went on to work on various General Mills brands in Account Management at Campbell-Mithun Advertising, and on the Apple business at Chiat/Day Advertising. Frustrated by the advertising business's categorization of “creativity” - if one department was “creative” by definition, did that mean that all the others weren't? - Mr. Hirsch launched his own business to inject a higher level of creativity and right brain-thinking into the strategic planning process. Many years later, the Right Brain Studio's clients show tangible success based on the company's ability to “connect the dots other people don't' see” and “curate emotions” to zero in on deeply held values and feelings that dictate brand choice. An avid reader, golfer, filmgoer and music lover, Mr. Hirsch enjoys performing solo - or joining his band - at local clubs and events. He also maintains his availability, should the team need his talents, to play center field for the New York Mets. He has an M.S. in Advertising and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.

Please visit htttp://www.therightbrainstudio.com for more information.

Mr. Hirsch can be contacted at 818-400-7922 or jhirsch@therightbrainstudio.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.