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Mr. Ellison

Brett Ellison

General Manager, Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza

Brett Ellison, General Manager of Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza, began his career with Marriott International as regional sales manager; moving quickly through multiple leadership roles including director of marketing. Throughout his 18-years as a general manager, Mr. Ellison gained much of his knowledge for the hospitality industry with major brands such as Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton hotels, working his way up to becoming an award-winning general manager in hospitality. Mr. Ellison graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota School of Business and has been recognized as a General Manager of the Year. The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza is an award-winning full service hotel situated in the heart of Kansas City on Country Club Plaza, providing guests access to the best shopping, dining and entertainment the City has to offer. Having went through a design transformation, the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza now features refreshed guest rooms, public areas and event spaces that invoke a contemporary feel reflective of the local community and maintain the Marriott brand appeal, traditions and values.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcipl-kansas-city-marriott-country-club-plaza for more information.

Mr. Ellison can be contacted at 816-531-3000 or brett.ellison@marriottccplaza.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.