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Mr. Robinette

Del Robinette

Vice President Sales & Marketing, Hospitality Management Corporation

Del Robinette is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Hospitality Management Corporation (HMC). Founded in 1971, HMC is a privately owned independent management company and one of the oldest and most well established in the lodging industry. His main responsibilities include supervision of the sales and marketing revenue generation goals of the company, talent development, marketing and promotional opportunities, brand relationships and ownership expectations across HMC's portfolio.

Throughout his career, Mr. Robinette has spent a majority of his focus in the sales discipline, from grass roots and pre-opening experience to revitalization and sales efforts in distressed hotel environments. Under Mr. Robinette's leadership his teams have won several awards including Sales Team of the Year for the Crowne Plaza brand in 2008 and in 2010, and Del was recognized as Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year in 2011.

Mr. Robinette's extensive experience in the hospitality industry has led to developing the best possible mutli-layered sales approaches to ensure there is comprehensive coverage of all facets of sales and revenue generation. He is also expert in leveraging brand tools and understanding brand metrics, focusing on key and target account penetration and repositioning post-brand migration and renovation.

Some additional key areas of focus in his role are driving positive RevPar and market share results across the entire HMC portfolio. Training and developing sales leaders in the field are also a top priority along with implementing and executing strategic sales plans to enhance profitability for each of the hotels.

Lastly, Mr. Robinette oversees setting strategic direction for the various properties through annual budgeting processes and creating reliable and result-focused annual marketing plans.

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

Mr. Robinette can be contacted at 972-934-2040 or drobinette@hospitalitymgt.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.