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Mr. McGowan

Shawn McGowan

Senior Director Food & Beverage Brand Initiatives & Programs, Hilton Worldwide

Shawn McGowan is the Senior Director Global Brand Food and Beverage Services at Hilton. In this role, Mr. McGowan is responsible for managing the development and implementation of all 14 of Hilton branded hotels, positioning their food and beverage long-term and strategic brand initiatives. Working in conjunction with Hilton F&B Ops, Hilton Supply Management, Brand Marketing teams and numerous franchise management companies, Mr. McGowan identifies and participates in developing food and beverage specifications and marketing program support. He also develops and administers key standards and training programs for Hilton Team Members around the world. He is an active participant in the Hotel F&B Magazine Corporate Editorial Advisory board with featured articles on food and beverage trends. His role entails developing strategies that promote sustainable practices within the food and beverage industry by partnering with key industry groups such as WWF to help implement sustainable and animal welfare practices within Hilton. In his 23 years with Hilton, it has been Mr. McGowan's goal to provide leading food and beverage initiatives that have developed and leveraged industry wide trends. Within the portfolio of food and beverage concepts at Hilton he is attributed with developing leading concept solutions such as Made Market, Herb N' Kitchen, Brickstones Kitchen and Bar, The BKB Market, E'Terie To Go, E'Terie Bar and Grill and most recently developed and launched Tru by Hilton “Top and Go” Breakfast along with their eat & sip market. Mr. McGowan is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona.

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

Mr. McGowan can be contacted at 703-883-5210 or shawn.mcgowan@hilton.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.