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Mr. Scovell

T. Dupree Scovell

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Woodbine Development Corporation

T. Dupree Scovell is the managing partner and chief investment officer at Woodbine Development Corporation, a full-service real estate company that specializes in hospitality and recently launched the Woodbine Legacy Investments fund. Mr. Scovell got his start in the hotel business at the age of 16, working as a dishwasher at Hyatt Regency Dallas. He joined Woodbine in 2011 to lead the company's West Coast operations. Based out of the Los Angeles office, he is responsible for Woodbine's acquisition platform and capital markets efforts as well as managing the Woodbine Hospitality Development and Investment fund, a private equity entity dedicated to the acquisition and development of upscale select-service hotels and lifestyle destinations throughout the United States. Prior to joining Woodbine, Mr. Scovell spent five years working for Trammell Crow Company in Dallas, where he focused on retail and mixed-use development projects. He was named by the National Real Estate Forum as one of “Tomorrow's Newsmakers” and by the Dallas Business Journal “40 Under 40,” which spotlights local executives for their professional and civic contributions to the local community. Early in his career, he was recognized by Dallas CEO magazine as one of the “Top 30 Real Estate Professionals Under 30.” Mr. Scovell graduated with four undergraduate bachelor degrees from Texas Tech University and earned with two masters degrees from Stanford, including a M.Ed. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Beyond real estate and hospitality, his passions include supporting public education and providing opportunities for underprivileged high school graduates to attend college through the Scovell Scholarship Foundation.

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

Mr. Scovell can be contacted at 214-855-6000 or dscovell@woodbinedevelopment.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.