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Ms. Azevedo

Paula J. Azevedo

Principal, dash design

Paula J. Azevedo, Principal of dash design's Miami office, hospitality believes design is a celebration of life and its many textures. “Our environments inspire us. The places I've lived, the people I've met, where I've traveled—all of that influences my design approach” she says. “It's a discovery process, and I carry those experiences forward, gaining new perspectives, understanding and relevant design ideas.” Ms. Azevedo brings over 20 years of interior and architectural design experience, an extensive, nuanced understanding of the hospitality business, and a passion for collaboration and cultivating young talent. “Our best design work happens when clients and the creative team collaborate, resulting in an end product that is on point and innovative,” Ms. Azevedo says. “It's all about strategic thinking and understanding the details.” Prior to working at dash design, Ms. Azevedo was Principal of her own collaborative design consulting firm at pja Create Studios. The firm flourished under her client service, original design and keen business commitment. There, she oversaw luxury hospitality hotels and spas, destination resorts and multifaceted commercial projects. As a Design Director at Gettys, Ms. Azevedo helped build the Miami office and establish its South Florida presence. As part of the senior leadership, she contributed to the growth and development of the design team. To projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Ms. Azevedo brought trademark rigor, practiced problem solving, and inspired, big-picture concepts. She oversaw such noteworthy design projects as the Ritz Carlton in Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne, Florida; Hard Rock Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana, DR and Cancun, Mexico, among others. Ms. Azevedo holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University, and is certified through the National Council for Independent Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is a licensed interior designer with the State of Florida, as well as a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Ms. Azevedo understands green building design, and is a LEED® AP. She is a former adjunct professor at Miami Dade College.

Please visit www.dashdesign.net for more information.

Ms. Azevedo can be contacted at 305-809-6155 or pazevedo@dashdesign.net

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.