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Ms. McGregor

Brenda McGregor

Director of HR, Chesapeake Hospitaliy

Brenda McGregor has played an instrumental role in the Chesapeake Hospitality story for more than three decades. In her current position as the Vice President of Human Resources at Chesapeake Hospitality, Ms. McGregor is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of Human Resources services and support within the organization.

Ms. McGregor works closely with senior leadership to strategically cultivate a collaborative and cohesive workplace environment that reflects Chesapeake's unique culture and supports the healthy growth and development of Chesapeake employees.

Ms. McGregor provides comprehensive and timely support for and supervision of all HR field personnel and General Managers, ensuring consistent adherence to Chesapeake's culture, policies and procedures, as well as full and complete compliance with all local and federal laws.

Her work is vitally important to maintaining Chesapeake's culture of inclusivity, entrepreneurship and accountability, helping to solidify its reputation as a place where employees are encouraged to pursue their goals, contribute their own perspectives, and achieve both personal and professional fulfillment.

The Chesapeake culture is one that can be felt and experienced - enthusiastic, engaging, hospitable and genuine. The way the company conducts business is best summed up in its core values of honesty, integrity and humility.

Ms. McGregor, along with the company's entire leadership team, are highly focused on making Chesapeake a place where employees feel a sense of belonging in a caring and supportive environment, where they can be challenged and given opportunities to grow and develop their career.

Ms. McGregor is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and her efforts have helped Chesapeake to achieve one of the highest employee retention rates in the industry

Ms. McGregor can be contacted at

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.