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Mr. Verrier

Bob Verrier

Managing Partner, The Architectural Team, Inc.

An exemplary leader in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Bob Verrier has designed 50+ award-winning historic buildings throughout his career. His work has been a hallmark of The Architectural Team's practice since its inception in 1971. Under Mr. Verrier's direction, the firm has built a foundation of 'lifetime' clients, enabling it to expand from four employees to more than 90. A graduate of the Boston Architectural College, he is registered to practice architecture in 27 states. As managing partner of The Architectural Team, Mr. Verrier has been instrumental in the preservation of hundreds of historic structures including but not limited to Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, Boott Mills, Livingston School, Counting House Lofts and Building 114. His expertise is sought-out in areas beyond traditional design services, particularly real estate development, where he is revered for his strategic and creative approach to developing underutilized assets, revitalizing communities and waterfronts through innovative reuse. He also has a keen understanding of urban development and agency financing programs. Preserving the architectural heritage of distinct architectural regions throughout the U.S. has been the foundation of Mr. Verrier's career. He believes historic buildings are of too great importance to our identity and national diversity to be considered disposable. In 1988, Mr. Verrier was personally honored by President Ronald Reagan with a National Historic Preservation Award for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Baker Chocolate Factory complex. The range of his work and unparalleled depth of experience in historic preservation earned him elevation to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2012.

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

Mr. Verrier can be contacted at 617-889-4402 or bverrier@architecturalteam.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.