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Mr. Weber

Steven D. Weber

Managing Partner, Stark Weber PLLC

Steven D. Weber, is Managing Partner of Stark Weber PLLC and chairs the firm's Conflict Resolution practice areas.

Mr. Weber began his career in New York, as an attorney for one of the largest public law offices in the world. There, he provided legal advice to clients ranging from elected officials to government agencies with budgets of over $1 billion, with respect to a number of sophisticated and large matters, some of which were the subject of national and local media attention.

After transitioning to private practice with law firms in New York and Florida, Mr. Weber successfully aided individuals, management of private companies, and even other counsel through numerous public and private scenarios. Prior to founding Stark Weber PLLC, he was the founding shareholder of Weber Law, P.A.

Since moving to Florida in 2012, Mr. Weber has been involved in the community in various ways. Steve is a member of the Emory Alumni Leadership Board - Miami Chapter and is a Board member and an Executive Committee member of the Miami Children's Museum. He co-founded the Museum's Playmaker's Group, which seeks to involve Young Professionals and their families with the Museum.

In addition, Mr. Weber has participated in his local community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed to the Miami Shores Village Recreational Advisory Board, where he was elected Vice-Chair.

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

Mr. Weber can be contacted at +1 305-377-8788 or steve@starkweber.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.