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Mr. Schwinger

Joe Schwinger

Chief Executive Officer, MeetingPlay

Conceptualizing solutions to challenges is a core value for CEO and co-Founder of MeetingPlay, Joe Schwinger. From an early age, where others saw adversity, Mr. Schwinger crafted solution-based opportunities. This innovative approach to problem-solving, as well as the insider experience Mr. Schwinger has gained through his career in the hospitality and technology industries, have resulted in the premier event technology solutions that MeetingPlay provides.

As the CEO of MeetingPlay, Mr. Schwinger continues to architect solutions to the challenges faced by event and meeting professionals and the events they plan, and he is credited for the holistic approach to event technology that is MeetingPlay's foundation. The event technology solutions MeetingPlay provides for meetings and events of all sizes is attributed to both Mr. Schwinger's tech know-how and his ability to lead and develop a culture of innovative and talented employees committed to success.

A seasoned entrepreneur, before co-founding MeetingPlay in 2011 and beginning to serve as its CEO, Mr. Schwinger built and lead several successful business initiatives. Prior to his entrepreneurial experiences, he was key to developing global e-commerce solutions with individual properties for Marriott International. First, he built the ecommerce organization for the Eastern Region at Marriott, which involved dedicated plans for all full-service hotels in the region. Then he oversaw ecommerce for North America during a reorganization to help build the foundation of ecommerce at Marriott globally. Through his experiences at Marriott, Mr. Schwinger saw what the future of meetings could look like and started his own venture to make that vision a reality.

Mr. Schwinger studied internet and ecommerce strategy at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

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

Mr. Schwinger can be contacted at 877-446-1481 or hello@meetingplay.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.