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Mr. Lowenstein

Diego Lowenstein

Chief Executive Officer, Lionstone Development

Diego Lowenstein has been part of the family's varied business interests across several countries for over 25 years. He has held executive positions with several of the family's companies in Argentina, including its real estate holdings and development firm, food service and restaurant operating, and franchising ventures. Mr. Lowenstein's active involvement and know-how in acquiring, developing, revitalizing and repositioning hotels and casinos throughout Florida and the Caribbean has helped lead the entrepreneurial firm to new heights. In partnership with service industry leaders including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Kimpton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, AM Resorts, the InterContinental Hotels Group, and Virgin Hotels. Mr. Lowenstein has fulfilled developments in markets that include Miami Beach, Downtown Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago and a half dozen markets in the Caribbean region. His knowledge in multinational operations and marketing has supported Lionstone's further expansion into luxury residential real estate and mixed-use hotel developments. Since 1999, Mr. Lowenstein has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Lionstone and assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2003. Among his many roles, he oversees the asset management structure for third party managed properties, and acts as Managing Partner with joint venture partners in existing operations held in partnership and in newly formed developments. He is responsible for directing activities including deal structuring, financial feasibility analysis, financing, hospitality chain and management firm negotiations, sales and marketing, bidding and construction. Integrity and dynamism have defined Lionstone and its affiliated companies in the United States, the Caribbean and South America for decades. That same spirit motivates the family-owned Lionstone organization as it continues to create distinctive properties that respect and enhance the communities where they invest and work.

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Mr. Lowenstein can be contacted at 305-672-5466 or info@lionstone.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.