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Mr. Bendaña

Fred Bendaña

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Creative Producers Group

Fred Bendaña is Senior Vice President for Creative Producers Group, a leading producer of large-scale business meetings, special events, media production, and marketing communications. In his role, Mr. Bendaña leads new business development; existing customer growth and retention; brand and market communications; and overall top-line sales and profit growth. Mr. Bendaña has more than 15 years of experience supporting leading multinational clients with customer marketing and employee engagement endeavors. Prior to Creative Producers Group, Mr. Bendaña worked in various sales leadership roles at Maritz Motivation Solutions, the unit of Maritz Holdings that designs and manages customer loyalty solutions, employee recognition, sales and channel incentives for leading Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Bendaña earned his undergraduate degree in international business and marketing from Saint Louis University and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis - Olin Business School. He serves on the Maritz Corporate Giving Council, the alumni board of Washington University, the advisory board for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA), the marketing committee for the board of directors' at the Magic House, a Children's Museum in St. Louis, and is active in the American Marketing Association.

Mr. Bendaña can be contacted at 314-367-2255 or fbendana@getcreative.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.