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Ms. Ross

Lisa Ross

President & Partner, rbb Communications

Lisa Ross is president and co-founder of rbb Communications, a marketing communications agency ranked among the nation's top 50 firms, headquartered in Miami, Florida with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and the New York area. She also serves as managing partner of Spiderboost Communications, a digital marketing agency within rbb's family of brands.

An experienced marketer, Ms. Ross' career spans over 25 years developing breakout brands. She oversees new client relationships for rbb as well as the firm's Travel and Digital Practices.

Ms. Ross has counseled numerous hospitality and lifestyle companies including Apple Leisure Group, AMResorts, Hilton, Norwegian Cruise Line, United Airlines, Virgin Voyages and Zumba Fitness, among others, to tap award-winning breakout strategies to innovate, communicate with soul and build emotional connections with customers. Ms. Ross inspires companies with insights to create customer passion that leads to increased sales and market share.

rbb has won every major communications award and was named "Agency of the Year" four times over the past decade. In 2017, Ms. Ross was named one of HSMAI's Top 25 Minds in Hospitality Sales & Marketing. Her creativity and entrepreneurialism has gained her recognition in Who's Who in Communications; Enterprising Women's Top 100 Female Executives and the Business Journal's Most Influential Business Women.

Currently, Ms. Ross serves as a member of HSMAI's Marketing Advisory Council and a Platinum judge of the Adrian Awards as well as judging several leading PR awards programs. She is the America's Co-Chair of PROI, the largest global partnership of independent communications agencies, a member of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO); and serves the Strategic Forum as a board member and former chair. She also is a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami.

Ms. Ross graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in English Literature. She has attended Columbia University's Executive Education Leadership Program and has completed several management courses.


Please visit http://rbbcommunications.com for more information.

Ms. Ross can be contacted at +1 305-448-7457 or lisa.ross@rbbcommunications.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.