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Ms. Sher

Circe Sher

Co-Founder, Piazza Hospitality

With more than two decades' experience in public relations and marketing across many platforms and a lifetime in a real estate and restaurant family, Circe Sher brings broad expertise to her position as co-founder of Piazza Hospitality. Since the company's formation in 2001, she has overseen the marketing, public relations and promotional efforts for its properties including Hotel Healdsburg and its sister property h2hotel, as well as its associated restaurants Spoonbar, Pizzando and Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen. Beyond marketing the final product, Ms. Sher also helps direct the conceptual development of Piazza Hospitality's contemporary properties. She played a pivotal role in creating the concept of the boutique luxury Hotel Healdsburg and the eco-friendly, avant-garde h2hotel, along with the concept for The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg. Her energies are now focused on three new projects: a third property in Healdsburg, the H3 GuestHouse; Hotel San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast; and a recently approved hotel project in Sebastopol. The forthcoming boutique hotels will serve as environmentally-friendly chic retreats, inviting visitors to relax, recharge and play. Prior to her career in the hospitality business, Ms. Sher was an officer for Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco in the Mayor's Office of Protocol through 2001. During this time, she was in charge of planning and fundraising for large city events and international trade missions, and served as his liaison to the arts community and international consular corps. Ms. Sher graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology in 1991. She has a five-year-old daughter and lives in Healdsburg.

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

Ms. Sher can be contacted at 707-431-8221 or info@piazzahospitality.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.