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Mr. Kohl

William D. Kohl

Principal, Greenwood Hospitality Group

William D. Kohl oversees the strategic and operational direction of Greenwood's food and beverage initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Kohl directs the Company's activities in restaurant development, concept design and re-positioning. During his thirty-year hospitality career Bill has received several honors including The Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association's General Manager of the Year in 2001, and The American Hotel and Lodging Association's State Leadership Award. Mr. Kohl's portfolio experience includes oversight of several high profile assets together with the concept design of over twenty restaurants. Mr. Kohl has been featured in Lodging Magazine and has had restaurants featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet Magazine, and Colonial Homes Magazine as well as the Central Penn Business Journal. His restaurants consistently achieve the AAA Four-Diamond Award and have been recognized by DiRōNA. He has twice won Restaurant Hospitality Magazine's “Top of the Table Award” for Restaurant Design. Bricco, Mr. Kohl's most recent concept, was awarded the prestigious “Culinary and Hospitality Award” by Sante Magazine recognizing it as the number one restaurant in the Northeast Region for Quality of Food and Service and one of the top nine in the country. A wine specialist, Mr. Kohl has consistently been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine for innovative wine lists and just received the “Best of Award of Excellence” this year. Within the industry he frequently lectures, teaches and writes about wine and food. Mr. Kohl currently serves on the National Restaurant Association's Board of Directors, the American Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors, is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association and immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Central Pennsylvania College. A native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, Mr. Kohl is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Wine Advisory Council and founder of Très Bonne Annee, a series of events and international wine auction for charity which raises in excess of $400,000 annually. He is married to Kim Mr. Kohl and has two children.

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

Mr. Kohl can be contacted at 717-237-6401 or bkohl@greenwoodhospitality.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.