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Mr. Bell

Rollin Bell

Founder / CEO, PCM Construction

Rollin Bell is the founder and CEO of PCM Construction, a fast growing full service general contractor serving hospitality clients in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Originally created as a facility maintenance company offering: concrete/asphalt repair, masonry restoration, painting/wall covering and flooring services, PCM has blossomed into a full service general contractor providing interior construction and other design/build services. Today, PCM is among the region's premier full service providers of facilities maintenance and general contracting. PCM has earned a reputation among property owners and managers for its responsiveness and ability to consistently exceed client expectations. PCM has provided services to more than 500 clients in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. Mr. Bell is a 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and serves on the board of BAPS Imagination Stage, an organization committed to making the arts accessible to all children regardless of their physical, cognitive or financial status. He is also a contributor to several charitable organizations including The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. When not spending time with his wife and children, Mr. Bell competes in triathlons and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Mr. Bell can be contacted at 301-595-3700 or rbell@pcmgc.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.