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Mr. Sanfilippo

Matt Sanfilippo

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Service Companies

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources at The Service Companies, Matt Sanfilippo oversees 6,000 employees in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Sanfilippo joined The Service Companies as Director of Human Resources in November 2010. Prior to joining The Service Companies, Mr. Sanfilippo spent over six years with the world's largest casino hotel company, Caesars Entertainment. While with Caesars, Mr. Sanfilippo held various leadership roles in Human Resources including, Employee Relations Manager, and Human Resources Manager. Mr. Sanfilippo got his start in Human Resources as an HR Generalist at Pinnacle Airlines Corp. Prior to joining Caesars, Mr. Sanfilippo spent four years proudly serving in the United States Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout his career, Mr. Sanfilippo has earned several recognitions, including the Chairman's Award for Leadership at Caesars Entertainment in January 2009. He was promoted into his current role overseeing all Human Resources functions in May 2015.

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Mr. Sanfilippo can be contacted at 305-681-8800 or matt.sanfilippo@theservicecompanies.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.