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Mr. Lobach

Matthew Lobach

Director of Sustainability, Hersha Hospitality Trust

Matthew Lobach is the Director of Sustainability with Hersha Hospitality Trust, an owner and operator of high quality upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. The Company's 49 hotels totaling 7,584 rooms are located in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami and select markets on the West Coast. Mr. Lobach is responsible for the development and implementation of EarthView®, Hersha's triple bottom line sustainability program, in addition to leading the Company's philanthropic Giving Committee. Mr. Lobach is certified a LEED Green Associate by the USGBC, and is a member of the Hotel Association of NYC's Sustainability Committee, the Real-Estate Roundtable's Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, and the United Way Young Leaders of Philadelphia.


Prior to joining Hersha, Mr. Lobach was an Associate with Bayer Corporation, working across their North American business units to plan and implement their sustainability strategy. Mr. Lobach is also a co‐founder of New Leaf Initiative, a non‐profit based in Central Pennsylvania that works with students and young professionals through project‐based learning of sustainability and social entrepreneurship. He received a B.S. in Actuarial Science from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology located in Karlskrona, Sweden.

 

EarthView, named a Global Hospitality Sector leader by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) and a four-time winner of NAREIT's Leader in the Light award, is a program developed and implemented by the Hersha Group that is dedicated to fully integrated environmental and community policies that aim to make sustainable hospitality a genuine reality.  EarthView delivers environmental and conservation programs that positively impact a hotel operation's bottom line while simultaneously improving the well-being of guests, employees, communities, and the planet.

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

Mr. Lobach can be contacted at 215-238-1046 or matthew.lobach@hersha.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.