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Mr. Reid

Lamarr Reid

Principal and Managing Director, Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR)

Lamarr Reid directs and oversees PYR's Chicago office, managing both international and domestic projects, and coordinating teams drawn from all PYR offices. Mr. Reid manages the project teams to ensure the successful delivery and implementation of the designs. Mr. Reid is also focused on finding new regions for expansion and project growth. Prior to joining PYR, he served as Managing Principal of the Interior Design practice for Perkins+Will Chicago, the largest office of PYR's parent company, and oversaw the hospitality practice for the firm as a whole. Mr. Reid studied architecture at Hampton Institute. His graduate studies culminated in a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Founded by Pierre-Yves Rochon in 1979, PYR is globally renowned for its award-winning luxury hospitality environments for boutique hotels and major international brands including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel, InterContinental, Fairmont, and The Peninsula.

Please visit www.pyr-design.com for more information.

Mr. Reid can be contacted at 312-755-4693 or lamarr.reid@pyr-design.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.