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Mr. McIntosh

Bob McIntosh

Regional VP Sales & Marketing, GF Management

Bob McIntosh is Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GF Management. Mr. McIntosh joined GF in 2014. GF is an acronym for “Good Fundamentals” and that is the cornerstone of core philosophy and culture. His role is to provide strategic support and guidance to a portfolio of owned and managed hotel assets for this privately held company. This role requires ongoing travel to those assets in the field to monitor plans, actions and results against competitors and owners expectations. GF Management provides services to ownership groups, financial institutions and third parties including acquisitions, development, asset management, hotel receiverships, advisory and consulting services. GF also owns and manages a portfolio of hotels, catering facilities and golf courses located exclusively in the continental United States. Part of GF Management's expertise is their ongoing partnership with the hotel brand teams as they purchase assets; execute top to bottom design and renovations to those assets and reposition them as leaders within their markets. GF is committed to meet and exceed brand requirements during the design and execution of hotel renovation and is recognized as an innovator and award winning owner. GF leadership holds several owners advisory positions within IHG and Hilton. Mr. McIntosh is a 39 year hospitality veteran with a proven track record in operations, sales and marketing and pre and post opening of upper upscale hotels and resorts. These included Playboy Hotels and Resorts early in his career, independent hotels and resorts as well as branded assets for Hilton Hotels and Resorts and Starwood. Prior to joining GF, Mr. McIntosh was multi-property Director of Sales and Marketing for Remington Hotels, Starwood Hotels as preopening Director of Sales and Marketing for the Westin Jersey City Newport in Jersey City, New Jersey. He also supported the preopening team of the W Hotel in Hoboken, New Jersey. Currently, Mr. McIntosh is focused the post renovation repositioning of the Westin Chicago North West in Itasca Illinois and preparing for the renovation of the Doubletree by Hilton in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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

Mr. McIntosh can be contacted at 973-945-6892 or mcintoshb@gfhotels.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.