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Mr. Schanfarber

EJ Schanfarber

President & Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Hospitality

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Hospitality, EJ Schanfarber is directly responsible for day-to-day supervision of Alliance Hospitality's third-party hotel management assignments. Additionally, Mr. Schanfarber directs Alliance Hospitality's executive staff, including in the areas of financing, revenue management, human resources and corporate sales. Mr. Schanfarber works closely with Alliance Hospitality Chairman Rolf Tweeten in the areas of strategic growth planning, brand relationships, acquisitions and investor relations. Working with Tweeten, Mr. Schanfarber has helped forge Alliance Hospitality's operating philosophy of managing hospitality assets “from the perspective of ownership,” aligning with their strategic goals and objectives. With more than thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Schanfarber is known for his management and people skills, as well as his keen understanding of market segments, operations in resort-driven locales and consumer trends. Mr. Schanfarber has excellent experience working with all classes of lodging property types, including select service, full service, and destination resorts with a focus on luxury and lifestyle assets. In these assignments, Mr. Schanfarber has worked with all major hotel brands, including Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Starwood, Choice, Wyndham, and Carlson Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Schanfarber's development experience includes award winning ground-up projects in the Caribbean. Mr. Schanfarber is also respected as an industry leader in the areas of sustainable development and eco-friendly operating initiatives. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Schanfarber began his career in the hotel industry with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in 1981. He has also served as Executive Officer for Divi Resorts Group, a premier developer and operator of destination resorts in the Caribbean and has held senior management positions with Remington Hotels, Extended Stay America, Omni Hotels & Resorts, and Durango Mountain Resort.

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

Mr. Schanfarber can be contacted at 919-791-1801 or ejschanfarber@alliancehospitality.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.