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Mr. Antoon

Philip Antoon

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services, LLC

Philip Antoon is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Valuation Services in New York. Mr. Antoon has in-depth experience providing fair value analyses for ASC 350 and 805 purposes, valuing reporting units and a wide array of intangible assets including customer relationships and contracts, patented technology, trademarks and trade names, proprietary know how, in-process research and development, franchise agreements, communications licenses, mining reserves, backlog, databases and non-compete agreement, amongst others. With extensive experience in intellectual property, Mr. Antoon assists organizations with monetizing Intellectual Property. Mr. Antoon also has in-depth experience in the valuation of common and preferred stock, options and debt, having performed these valuations for tax, financial reporting, fairness and solvency opinions, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, financing and litigation support purposes across a variety of industries throughout Europe, Asia and North and Latin America.

Mr. Antoon can be contacted at 212-763-9830 or pantoon@alvarezandmarsal.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.