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Mr. Scypinski

Rob Scypinski

Senior Vice President Industry Relations and Events, Hilton Worldwide

Rob Scypinski is Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Events, the Americas, for Hilton Worldwide. Mr. Scypinski is a key figure in spearheading and strategizing how Hilton's portfolio of hotels engage with customers and plays a crucial role in deepening sales relationships with key stakeholders in the industry. He constantly keeps his finger on the pulse of the industry for innovative ways to evolve Hilton's meeting and events offerings and take the friction out of business and group travel. Mr. Scypinski is a 40-year veteran of the hospitality industry and began his career at Hilton Atlanta in 1984. Prior to his current role, Mr. Scypinski was Senior Vice President of Hotel Sales in The Americas. He also served as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing Western Region, West, overseeing the Sales Operations for 40 hotels from Alaska to Mexico, and was Director of Marketing & Sales at Hilton San Francisco for nearly 15 years. Mr. Scypinski is a long standing member of several hospitality industry organizations. Mr. Scypinski was a founding member of the Northern California Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) chapter. He is currently on the MPI and Meetings Mean Business Coalition boards and has was previously on both the PCMA Foundation and Meeting Professionals International Foundation boards. He has served as faculty for many sessions on contracts and legal language, revenue management, sales, customer engagement, and partnerships. Mr. Scypinski's multiple industry recognitions include the honor of being named a 2016 Changemaker by MeetingsNet and his induction into Hilton's prestigious Circle of Excellence Award in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Pennsylvania State University.

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

Mr. Scypinski can be contacted at 703-883-5381 or rob.scypinski@hilton.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.