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Mr. Cicero

Sam Cicero

President, Cicero's Development Corp.

Sam E. Cicero, Jr. took over the helm as president of Cicero's Development in 2012 after a successful 35-year career working in all departments of the company. His responsibilities included working on the construction team developing expertise in the various trades, as well as working in the administrative side of the business where his responsibilities included human resources, accounts receivable, information technology and sales and marketing. Today, Mr. Cicero oversees the daily operations of the business and is involved personally with each project, troubleshooting potential challenges and their solutions, communicating with project owners and representatives updating them on the progress of their project. Having been mentored by his father, Mr. Cicero holds the key values and leads the team in the traditions that have made Cicero's a respected leader in the construction and commercial renovation industry, and has played a significant role in keeping Cicero's at the forefront of quality and innovation. After developing expertise in executing their Renovationomix® program and its many divisifered systems, he became a principal developer of the company's highly successful Disruption Avoidance Management (DAM) program that enables hotel clients to continue operating and maintaining high guest satisfaction levels throughout the renovation process. For over 3 decades, Mr. Cicero worked with his father to assemble a team of professionals respected for their commitment to customer service and quality work. Their track record for meeting deadlines and keeping to budget requirements have been second to none, demonstrating how well they know the renovation and construction process. Mr. Cicero solutions-oriented style has earned him a reputation among colleagues and clients alike for his ability to develop solid strategies, handle conflicts and resolve challenging situations. He has also earned industry awards for the company's high standards of excellence. Sam Cicero, Jr. holds all licensing requirements for the various state and municipalities where Cicero's does business, and is uniquely qualified to take Cicero's Development to even greater heights.

Please visit http://cicerosdev.com for more information.

Mr. Cicero can be contacted at 866-904-0141 or secicero@cicerosdev.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.