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Mr. DeNapoli

Al DeNapoli

Partner, Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Al DeNapoli is a partner of the Boston-based law firm, Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C. Mr. DeNapoli is chairman of the firm's hospitality practice group and provides legal expertise on issues such as franchising, leasing and licensing to clients that range from nationally known chains to local restaurants and lodging businesses. Additionally, he concentrates a portion of his practice in the areas of civil litigation, including complex business issues that relate to contract and shareholder disputes, and employment problems. Realizing the importance of community and industry involvement, Mr. DeNapoli is affiliated with numerous boards and associations. In 2006, Mr. DeNapoli was elected as an editorial board member for the national publication, Hotel Business Review. He is a member of the Massachusetts Lodging Association and was recently named to the Massachusetts Restaurant Association board of directors. For four years he had served as finance committee chairman for the Town of Walpole, Mass., and is presently on the town's board of selectmen. In the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, he sits on the executive committee of its board of directors. He is also the current national president of the Commission for Social Justice for the Order Sons of Italy in America. Mr. DeNapoli is a member of both the Massachusetts and Boston bar associations; serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Restaurant Association; and has earned numerous awards for his legal expertise. He has twice been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in a survey of his peers across Massachusetts. The honor is awarded annually to the top five percent of lawyers practicing throughout the state. Mr. DeNapoli was also recently appointed a Master by the Massachusetts Superior Court. Mr. DeNapoli graduated cum laude from Boston College and earned an MA from the University of Maryland. He graduated magna cum laude from the New England School of Law.

Mr. DeNapoli can be contacted at 617-218-2024 or adenapoli@tbhr-law.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.