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Ms. Conroy

Kathy Conroy

CEO and Director/Partner , HVS Miami

Kathy Conroy, MAI is the CEO/Director-Partner of the HVS Miami Consulting & Valuation office, and the HVS Shared Ownership Services Division. Ms. Conroy has been an active participant in the hotel and shared ownership industry for more than 25 years, and is known in the industry as a creative thinker and problem solver. Since joining HVS in 1998, she has completed thousands of real estate valuation and consulting assignments focusing on hotels, motels, resorts, condo hotels, timeshare, fractional and private residence club projects, and hospitality driven mixed-use real estate for lenders, investors, developers, and advisors throughout the world. Ms. Conroy has an extensive range of geographical experience and has appraised properties in at least 30 states in the U.S. and in more than 30 countries around the world, including 20 islands in the Caribbean Basin and six countries in Central and South America. Kathy has valued over $10 billion of real estate in her career. A member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) since 1982, Ms. Conroy is also a noted national authority on the valuation of vacation ownership properties, and has authored books on timeshare property assessment, and timeshare property valuation for the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) and the Appraisal Institute. Ms. Conroy is a frequent industry speaker and often serves as an expert witness. She has been involved in numerous trial testimonies -- tax courts, courts of appeal, district courts, and bankruptcy courts. She has also been involved in nearly 20 projects involving litigation support and depositions.

Ms. Conroy can be contacted at 305-378-0404 or kconroy@hvs.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.