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Mr. Rogg

Kyle Rogg

President & COO, Value Place

Kyle Rogg is Value Place's President and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the operating performance of each of Value Place's divisions including Value Place Franchise Services (VPFS), Value Place Property Management (VPPM) and the 44 Value Place company‐owned properties. Value Place's 185 franchised and company-owned properties make it the largest economy extended‐stay brand in America. VPPM is one of many high‐quality property management companies which serve Value Place's fifty franchise groups. Jack DeBoer, Value Place's founder and Chairman, added Mr. Rogg and CEO Dan Weber to Value Place's executive leadership team in 2011, to drive Value Place's next phase of franchise and company property growth. Prior to Value Place, Mr. Rogg spent 15 years at CLC Lodging (formerly Corporate Lodging Consultants), the nation's largest negotiator and payment processor of workforce lodging rates, most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Rogg led the development of the company's SMB business line, expanding CLC's customer base from 200 to 50,000 companies, charitable organizations and governmental entities and was a member of the private‐equity backed leadership team, which sold CLC to Fleetcor Technologies in 2009. Mr. Rogg is a graduate of Friends University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas. Founded in 2002, Value Place is the largest economy extended-stay lodging brand in the U.S. Featuring remarkably affordable weekly rates, rigorous cleanliness standards and secure temporary lodging, the brand delivers an unparalleled commitment to the comfort, privacy, and peace of mind of each guest. Value Place currently has 185 locations open in 32 states, providing extended-stay accommodations that are clean, safe, simple, and affordable.

Mr. Rogg can be contacted at 316-631-1370 or franchise@valueplace.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.