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Ms. Miller

Pat Miller

Managing Principal & Hospitality Practice Leader, LEO A DALY

Pat Miller is Managing Principal and Hospitality Practice Leader for LEO A DALY, an internationally renowned architecture, engineering, planning and interiors firm. With 30 years of experience, Ms. Miller's expertise goes beyond basic design to touch every part of the hospitality industry.

Ms. Miler has the rare ability help developers, REITs, and hotel companies develop innovative solutions to their needs for financing, teaming and problem solving. She is able to bring together a vast network of individuals and consultants to coordinate the varied, and sometimes complex, requirements of her clients. She is well known and trusted within the industry as a valued resource and confidant in the creation of solutions for hospitality opportunities. Under her guidance, LEO A DALY is consistently ranked by magazines such as Hotel Business and Interior Design as one of the top leaders in hospitality design.

Ms. Miller is a sought-after speaker at various industry investment conferences and tradeshows and is willing to share her knowledge and skills with others. As a result, she was awarded the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality Joyce L. Johnson Award of Excellence in the hospitality industry in 1998.

Ms. Miller has also been recognized with several ASID Design Ovation awards. In 2006 she was awarded First Place Hospitality for interior design at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.

Ms. Miller holds and Associate of Science degree from Harcum College. Ms. Miller is affiliated with the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH), the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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

Ms. Miller can be contacted at 214-526-1144 or pmiller@leoadaly.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.