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Mr. Bramhall VI

Jason Bramhall VI

Senior Director, Procurement, The Gettys Group

Jason Bramhall VI is a practiced FF&E expert with a discerning eye for quality and detail. Bringing more than 15 years of supply chain experience to The Gettys Group, spanning interior, industrial and mechanical design fields, Mr. Bramhall's procurement experience dates back to before global sourcing was a commonly discussed practice. His knowledge base gathered in worldwide markets and the advantages and related challenges of working overseas brings tremendous value both to The Gettys Group and its clients.

With each procurement project award, Mr. Bramhall has relied on his skill set and managerial approach to ensure the project supply chain is seamless; maintaining succinct client communication in conjunction with negotiating comprehensive FF&E budgets, project management, delivery logistics and installation. Quality standards are treated as the priority throughout the process, ultimately enabling the successful delivery of each project to our deserving clientele.

To truly respect and realize the designer's intent while balancing the project drivers of cost, quality and timeline is a testament to The Getty's Group's understanding of the hospitality market and the expectations therein.  A successful balance of each provides for a successful implementation for all.

Mr. Bramhall  holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree from Auburn University in Operations & Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Bramhall VI can be contacted at 312-832-2450 or JBramhallVI@gettys.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.