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Mr. Foley

Tim Foley

Vice President of Operations, Spire Hospitality

Tim Foley, an industry veteran with more than 32 years of experience, serves as Spire Hospitality Vice President of Operations. Mr. Foley brings a wealth of experience and proven results in Resort Operations, Brand Repositioning, Asset Management and Food & Beverage Operations. Spire Hospitality, based in Chicago, Ill., is a third-party operator of 6,293 room keys and nearly 400,000 square feet of meeting space in hotels including unique independents and across celebrated brands such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, (IHG) InterContinental Hotels Group and (MAR) Marriott International. Spire Hospitality offers expertise in all facets of hospitality management and is committed to preserving, protecting and enhancing the value of hotel real estate.

Prior to joining Spire, Mr. Foley held the position of Vice President of Asset Management with Tiburon Capital, where he had oversight responsibilities of a number of large destination resorts.  In addition to this role, Mr. Foley has held numerous general manager and executive committee positions with Interstate Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Meristar Hotels and Registry Hotels. These properties represented Independent Brands, Major Brands and Conference Centers.

Mr. Foley attended Illinois State University, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Industrial Psychology.

Spire Hospitality, one of the nation's leading and most respected hotel management companies, identifies and implements green initiatives across its nearly two-dozen managed properties, aiding in the reduction of the environmental impact of the industry, serving as good stewards for the earth's resources and the communities where each hotel calls home and forecasting how integrating simple, sustainable practices can positively impact the bottom line.

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

Mr. Foley can be contacted at 847-498-6650 or tfoley@spirehotels.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.