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Ms. Furbay

Susan Furbay

Vice President of Business Development, HVS

Susan Furbay is Vice President of Business Development for HVS, working with hotel investors, brokers, owners, operators, and other clients seeking HVS expertise in markets around the world. Ms. Furbat formerly served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Development at Sage Hospitality and as Director of North America Lending in GE Real Estate's Hospitality division, where she originated and closed hotel loans totaling nearly $500 million. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Furbay joined HVS as Vice President of Business Development. In this role she is responsible of developing new business for all of the HVS offices and divisions throughout the world. Ms. Furbay brings over 14 years of expertise in hospitality investment through her experience as a broker, lender and manager at her most recent position as VP of Acquisitions and Business Development at Sage Hospitality. Prior to joining Sage, Ms. Furbay spent five years as Director of North America Lending in GE Real Estate's Hospitality division. During her tenure, she was instrumental in growing GE Real Estate's hospitality lending platform which included both CMBS and balance sheet lending. While she was at GE, Ms. Furbay originated and closed 18 hotel loan transactions totaling nearly half billion dollars in volume. Prior to GE, Ms. Furbay worked as a broker at Eastdil and Molinaro Koger where she was responsible for sourcing and marketing new listings for luxury, full-service and mid-market hotels to prospective investors. Ms. Furby is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration.

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Ms. Furbay can be contacted at 516-248-8828 ext. 275 or sfurbay@hvs.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.