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Ms. Crowley

Lori Crowley

Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Lori Crowley began her hospitality career as a Food and Beverage manager in Atlantic City when the city became a gambling and tourist destination.  She worked at the historic Claridge Hotel, Harrah's Marina and opened Trump Taj Mahal before joining Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in 1990.

Over two decades, opportunities to travel and manage upscale properties and resorts across the country, including Hawaii, made Ms. Crowley a valued Food and Beverage executive within the company. She was selected to be the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage for 120 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and played a primary role in the planning and execution of Food and Beverage operations for new hotel openings and takeovers.    Ms. Crowley relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 to complete the takeover and renovation of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza as the Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Food and Beverage.  This role included senior leadership responsibilities for multiple Southern California Hotels.

Ms. Crowley's extensive experience brings fresh perspective and creativity to new restaurant concepts while keeping them market appropriate. She has demonstrated a commitment to bring locally sourced food, environmentally safe practices and supporting the community to her workplace.

A native of New Jersey, Ms. Crowley graduated Rider University with a degree in Business Administration and has completed several post graduate courses in her career. She is a curious and accomplished traveler who enjoys the outdoors, food, fashion, photography and wine. Ms. Crowley currently lives in Dallas, Texas.


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

Ms. Crowley can be contacted at 214-987-9300 or lori.crowley@prismhotels.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.