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Mr. Collins

Bruce Collins

Regional Director of Development, East, OTO Development

Bruce Collins has been Director of Development for OTO Development since the company's inception in 2004. In this time, the company has developed more than 50 hotels across the nation, representing more than $1 billion in development across a myriad of challenging markets, unique sites, and urban locations such as Chicago, Washington, D.C and New York City.

Mr. Collins is involved in all aspects of hotel development in the Eastern Region, which includes managing a team of Development Managers, completing initial site evaluations, due diligence, budgeting and analysis, design review, and all project management services. His contributions have garnered significant industry recognition on behalf of OTO Development, and notably include the 2013 Best Conversion Award for the Hampton Brand—for the conversion of the iconic Kiplinger Editor's Building into the Hampton Inn Washington, D.C./White House— and a 2014 Marriott Best Custom Architectural project for the Fairfield Inn & Suites Manhattan/Penn Station, NY.

Before joining OTO Devlopment, Mr. Collins was the Director of Construction for Extended Stay America and managed the company's South East region. During that time, he directly participated in the development and construction of over 70 hotels in the Southeastern United States, and indirectly participated in many more through various other roles.

Mr. Collins has a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University.

Mr. Collins can be contacted at 864-596-8930 or bcollins@otodevelopment.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.