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Mr. Stroop

Vince Stroop

Principal, Stonehill & Taylor

Vince Stroop, Principal, brings over 18 years of experience to Stonehill Taylor, a hospitality-focused architecture and interior design firm based in New York City. For each project, the firm seeks out the essence of the location and the client's vision for a unique and inspired approach.

Mr. Stroop leads the design of recognized public and private spaces including hotels, libraries, luxury residences, wineries, and restaurants. Specializing in New York hospitality, Mr. Stroop's design solutions are informed by his international work in emerging destinations, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Hong Kong and Macau. It is the constant opportunity to learn, grow, and interact with a variety of people in locations around the globe that fuel his work in design. Projects include work for prominent hospitality brands like Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Kerzner International Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands Corp. He is the designer of notable projects such as The Asbury and new fast-casual favorite eatery, Made Nice. In fact, his work extends beyond the art and science of architecture, covering elements such as urban planning, graphic identity, website design, and education, having served as studio instructor at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University.

Mr. Stroop champions transparency and imagination in his aesthetic. He has a holistic approach to design innovation. Mr. Stroop believes that design is a highly interactive process powered by diversity of ideas; the best projects are those that embrace a team approach to every challenge.

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

Mr. Stroop can be contacted at 212-226-8898 or email@stonehilltaylor.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.