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Mr. Engel

Tom Engel

Principal, T.R. ENGEL Group

Tom Engel is principal of T.R. ENGEL Group, a hospitality and real estate advisory specializing in transaction services and project and asset management for hotels, convention centers, and mixed-use commercial real estate. As investment advisors, T.R. Engel provides due diligence and buyer and seller know-how for the sale of hotels in North America, Europe and the Middle East. With offices in the U.S. and Qatar, TRE works with a diverse cross-section of investors including government entities, private equity real estate firms, real estate investment trusts and high net-worth family companies. Mr. Engel brings years of experience in hotel brand management and commercial real estate as well as successful leadership in prior work to his role as President of T.R. Engel Group. Mr. Engel began his career upon graduation from the University of St. Thomas and receiving a Masters Degree from Northwestern University. He focused his career in brand management at Unilever and Revlon, Inc. in New York City. He later co-founded three lodging brands across varying hospitality segments — Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Hotels. Mr. Engel later spent eight years as Executive Vice President at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Inc. (Equitable/AXA), where he founded and managed its Global Lodging and Leisure group. Mr. Engel is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration, is an adjunct professor, and a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association Investment and Management Committee.

Please visit https://www.trengelgroup.com for more information.

Mr. Engel can be contacted at 617-451-1701 or thomasengel@trengelgroup.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.