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Mr. Roeh

Lola Roeh

General Manager, The Osthoff Resort and Aspira Spa

Lola Roeh began her career in hospitality over 30 years ago, accepting a position at the storied American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Over the course of her tenure there, Lola held management and development positions in guest services, marketing and special events, and quality control, culminating her hotel management experiences with the position of General Manager.

Ms. Roeh was also the opening manager of the Kohler Design Center, the first manager of Commercial Development and finished her career at Kohler as the Director of Destination Marketing for the Kohler Hospitality Businesses. Eighteen years ago, Ms. Roeh became the General Manager of the AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, one of the Midwest's premier resort destinations.

Ms. Roeh has served as Chair and Board Member for the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, and received the Association's Innkeeper of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2012. Ms. Roeh is also an active member in the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, and the International Spa Association (ISPA) USA. She has served as the President and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Chair and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission.

Ms. Roeh is a past Chair of the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Tourism and serves on the Marketing Committee. In 2014, she was honored with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's highest industry honor, the Legacy Award.

Mr. Roeh can be contacted at 920-876-5832 or lroeh@osthoff.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.