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Ms. Jarvis

Judi Jarvis

Vice President of Legal Affairs , Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc.

Judi Jarvis is the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc., and its affiliated companies, brands, and divisions, including Americas Best Value Inn, Lexington Hotels by Vantage, Vantage Hotel Management, Brown Nester Hospitality Services, Vantage Insurance Services, and Cruise Inn RV Parks. As Vantage's chief legal officer, Judi Jarvis oversees all of the legal aspects of the company's business, including new member development; acquisitions; corporate finance; real estate development; investments; marketing; promotions; guest relations; international licensing; intellectual property protection; new concept roll-outs; privacy; post-termination procedures; and litigation management. Prior to joining the Vantage family in 2008, Ms. Jarvis was the chief legal officer of a South Florida maritime company and served as special counsel to public and private companies in such diverse industries as travel, leisure, and entertainment; gambling; financial services; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; information technology and communications; publishing; real estate; and mining. Ms. Jarvis has a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Inter-American Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, Ms. Jarvis clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Florida, where she was an associate in the corporate and securities departments of two large firms. After co-founding a technology start-up and serving as its general counsel, Ms. Jarvis opened her own law practice to assist entrepreneurs with complex legal issues. Ms. Jarvis is consistently recognized by clients for learning and respecting their business objectives and for creating effective legal solutions that support those objectives.

Ms. Jarvis can be contacted at 877-311-2378 ext 147 or jjavrivs@vantagehospitality.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.