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Mr. Hamilton

Drew Hamilton

Partner & Managing Director, Vivreau North America

Drew Hamilton is a Partner and the Managing Director of Vivreau in North America, a company focused on providing its environmentally positive water programs to leading Fortune 500 companies, hotels, conference centers and restaurants.

Vivreau develops and implements water programs that allow clients to offer their own limitless, on-site, chilled, filtered still and sparkling water in reusable glass bottles or direct from dispensers. Vivreau programs dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of conventional water offerings and support corporate commitments to environmental responsibility and employee wellness.

Since bringing Vivreau to North America in 2008, the company has actively grown across nearly all verticals that include corporate, government, education and specifically, hospitality.

Mr. Hamilton's "keep it simple, be responsible" philosophy has allowed him to develop relationships with industry leaders and has facilitated a path for Vivreau's programs into notable client spaces like the White House, Google, Microsoft, Four Seasons, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Marriott/Starwood, Hilton, IHG, RHG, Landry's, Brooklyn's Barclays Center and countless others. Mr. Hamilton was nominated for an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015 for his efforts to advance these responsible business solutions throughout the US and Canada.

Long before his days in the water industry, Mr. Hamilton cut his teeth managing complex logistics for media projects of every size, filming and working in extreme or ultra-remote areas. By overseeing ongoing, complex, logistically challenging media projects, Mr. Hamilton progressed as a Producer and Executive Producer within film and television.

Mr. Hamilton's projects have been nominated for numerous awards and he remains a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Please visit https://www.vivreauwater.com for more information.

Mr. Hamilton can be contacted at 877-999-1044 or drew@vivreau.ca

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.