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Mr. Renard

Stephen J. Renard

President, Renard International Hospitality Search Consultants

Stephen J. Renard was born in Toronto and attended the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto graduating in 1970 with a Business Degree. For the past 45 years, he has been the founder and President of Renard International Hospitality Search Consultants, which is the Leading Executive Recruitment Firm serving the Hospitality Industry worldwide.

This year Renard International celebrates its 45th anniversary and in 2014, we completed management searches in over 30 countries internationally. Just as recent as in December 2014, Mr. Renard completed the most challenging placements in Mongolia and Nepal and is proud to say that, "we have now placed at least one individual in every country in the world"! This is unique since many of the countries that he has done business with, did not exist when Renard International first opened for business in 1970.

Every year, Mr. Renard travels to over 30 countries meeting with clients and candidate's everywhere. Not to mention the importance of staying well-informed on current trends and practices. He is a hospitality specialist who is recognized as the benchmark of recruitment companies.

Please visit http://www.renardinternational.com for more information.

Mr. Renard can be contacted at +1 416-364-8325, ext. 228 or steve@renardinternational.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.