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Mr. Coleman

James Coleman

Senior Director of Relations and Business Development, Luxury Commercial Bath

James Coleman is the Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath, and the President of DIRECT Show Flooring. Luxury Commercial Bath has been proven a leader in the Hospitality Bathroom Remodeling Industry and aims to provide the best services for bathroom remodeling in the hospitality industry (director which involves hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.). DIRECT, in the meantime, provided CPT, or Custom Printed Textured, Flooring Product - which was brought to the forefront of the Trade Show and Event markets, along with the EZ-Down Planks and Tiles. They specialize in museum, retail, and hospitality flooring services, as well as visual merchandising, branding, and product rolloutust. He was also the Chief Marketing Officer, and later the President, of The Tiles. Additionally, he was the Vice President of Sales/Product Development at J International, where he was directly involved in the cultivation of new and existing dealers. His responsibilities included quoting, designing, and pricing of the large or non-standard floors. He was also in-charge of developing new products and implementing the J Green initiative. (which he personally does), etc. He attests to the effort as something to “project the products in their best light for the lowest cost for the company”. Mr. Coleman, along with DIRECT and The Tiles, were awarded the Buyers Choice Award at Exhibitor for two consecutive years (2011-2012). These awards were given for the CPT Flooring that is reverse-printed with UV ink in 2011, and the ILLUMILITE Panel Flooring system - which is a paper-thin, flexible, and impact-resistant LEC technology. Hotel and bathroom remodeling, as well as hospitality design, is where his skillset primarily revolves around. Mr. Coleman prides in the fact that he can help clients find the right products at the best price, delivering upon quality bathroom remodeling and paraphernalia. He is also versed in Sales, Exhibit Designs, Business Development, Trade Shows, Account Management, Corporate Events, and Marketing Strategy.

Please visit http://luxurycommercialbath.com for more information.

Mr. Coleman can be contacted at 815-317-0601 or info@luxurycommercialbath.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.