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Ms. Hyde

Felicia Hyde

Design Director, Lifestyle Studio, H. Hendy Associates

As Design Director of the Lifestyle Studio at H. Hendy Associates, Felicia Hyde brings 33 years of in-depth interior architecture experience to her client engagements. She is an award-winning interior architect, having won the prestigious CoreNet Global REmmy Award for her work on the Goodman Birtcher headquarters in Irvine, Calif., as well as top honors in the IIDA Calibre Award category of Leisure and Entertainment for the ICIS Apartment Homes in Glendale, Calif.

Ms. Hyde is passionate about designing and creating memorable spaces that are indicative of her clients' vision and brand.

Acknowledged by industry leaders and an honoree of multiple awards and recognition for her designs, Ms. Hyde has spent the past decade focusing on the ever-evolving multifamily world, applying her deep-rooted experience in corporate and residential interior design to create solutions that are stimulating and deliver on clients' business objectives. She draws inspiration from style trends not only in architecture but in fashion, nature and through her travels.

Prior to H. Hendy Associates, Ms. Hyde served as senior designer at Gensler, Carrier Johnson +CULTURE, HOK, DSR Design, Inc. and Ridgway Associates. Hyde graduated from Woodbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in Business. She also earned an Associate of Arts degree in General Education and Fine Art from Pasadena City College.

Ms. Hyde's published work has been featured in leading publications within the interior architect and design industry, including Interiors Magazine, ASU, Corporate Interiors, Interior Design Magazine, Floor Covering Weekly, Contract Magazine and Multi-Housing News.

Ms. Hyde can be contacted at 949-851-3080 or fhyde@hhendy.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.