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Mr. Garrett

Derrick Garrett

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Roundhouse Multimedia

Derrick Garrett, founder and CEO of Roundhouse Multimedia, transform brands one sound and one song at time. He has honed years of music production experience in establishing a global Music Architecture™ firm that uses a patented process to establish unique brand affinity and consumer loyalty.

His proprietary Music Architecture concept takes a strategic, skilled approach - always shaped around clients' objectives - and programs every space with sound-specific matches that tie to the DNA of the brand. This creates a deeper connection and memorable experience; reinforcing positive engagement between consumers and branded environments.

Mr. Garrett programs the sound for a space the same way the architect looks at design of that very space. With Music Architecture™ the sound is designed to fit a space in the same way the artwork does, going far beyond curating playlists. All aspects of the environment have to reflect the essence of the brand.

Mr. Garrett is an innovator in the music/sound space, as well as the hospitality industry. He has brought an unparalleled approach, recognizing that sound is the most underutilized of the five senses in hotels. His innovations include the first-ever hotel CD with original music, then a branded hotel radio channel. Roundhouse clients include Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Banyan Tree, Blue Diamond Resorts and Baha Mar, to name a few.

Previously Mr. Garrett was a successful audio engineer and producer for artists such as K-Ci & JoJo, Bobby Brown, Vanessa Williams, and Elvis Costello. It's his deep musical roots that led him to giving serious thought to what people listen to and how they listen to it. His musical expertise is a combination of passion and precision; the sounds he curates resonate with people and drive brand loyalty. His approach is a mix of creativity and strategy; a careful combination of who the brand is and who they want to attract.

Please visit http://www.roundhousemultimedia.com for more information.

Mr. Garrett can be contacted at +1 203-489-5035 or dgarrett@roundhousemultimedia.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.