Editorial Board   

Mr. Boyar

Bill Boyar

Chairman, Boyar and Miller

Bill Boyar has been a constant presence in the Houston business community since founding his first law firm in 1980. With a practice focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and hospitality, Bill has worked with leading regional, national and international organizations throughout his career. With client relationships that span decades, and deep national and international networks of colleagues and business partners, his career and emphasis on service has stood in contrast to today's often short-sighted marketplace. Bill is both an entrepreneur businessman and practitioner. In 1980 at the age of 29, he began building his first firm. In 1990 Bill joined partners and established Boyar & Miller. Today clients include an array of Fortune 1000 and middle market companies in diverse sectors. Presently, Bill is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, The Houston Bar Foundation, a member of the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys and Chairman-Elect of the End Hunger Network - Houston, as well as an ongoing supporter of SEARCH Homeless Project, Camp For All, The Post Oak School and Episcopal High School.

Mr. Boyar can be contacted at bboyar@boyarmiller.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.