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Mr. Maguire

Jim Maguire

Vice President Guest Services, Vantage Hotels

Jim Maguire is an expert in the field of customer experience and guest loyalty. His career spans over 25 years in a variety of industries including manufacturing, insurance, retail and hospitality. As Vice President of Guest Services for Vantage Hotels, Mr. Maguire oversees the guest and loyalty programs for Vantage's hotel brands including, Americas Best Value Inn, Canadas Best Value Inn, Country Hearth Inn & Suites, Signature Inn, Jameson Inn, Lexington by Vantage and 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts. Vantage is a top 10 global hotel company with over 1,200 properties and 70,000 rooms in six countries and the only hotel company to be ranked eight consecutive years on the prestigious Inc. 500/500 List of Fastest Growing Companies. Before coming to Vantage, he worked at Cross Country Home Services (CCHS) for eight years, where he was responsible for managing and servicing $80 million in claims. One of Mr. Maguire's major accomplishments at CCHS was reducing the claims life cycle by two days, which resulted in an annual savings of more than $1 million. Mr. Maguire also spent 17 years with Nestle Waters USA, where he held leadership positions in sales, operations and customer service. At Nestle, Mr. Maguire was recognized for increasing inside sales and customer service revenue by $1 million, as well as streamlining account services functions for a savings of over $2 million. Mr. Maguire has written numerous articles about the service industry and is an accomplished public speaker. He resides in South Florida with his two sons.

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

Mr. Maguire can be contacted at 877-311-2378 x213 or jmaguire@vantagehospitality.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.