Editorial Board   

Mr. Boyar

Bill Boyar

Chairman, Boyar and Miller

Bill Boyar has been a constant presence in the Houston business community since founding his first law firm in 1980. With a practice focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and hospitality, Bill has worked with leading regional, national and international organizations throughout his career. With client relationships that span decades, and deep national and international networks of colleagues and business partners, his career and emphasis on service has stood in contrast to today's often short-sighted marketplace. Bill is both an entrepreneur businessman and practitioner. In 1980 at the age of 29, he began building his first firm. In 1990 Bill joined partners and established Boyar & Miller. Today clients include an array of Fortune 1000 and middle market companies in diverse sectors. Presently, Bill is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, The Houston Bar Foundation, a member of the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys and Chairman-Elect of the End Hunger Network - Houston, as well as an ongoing supporter of SEARCH Homeless Project, Camp For All, The Post Oak School and Episcopal High School.

Mr. Boyar can be contacted at bboyar@boyarmiller.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.