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Mr. Finnegan

Rob Finnegan

President & Owner, FEA Consulting Engineers

Rob Finnegan, PE, started his career in 1976 as a draftsman, and has practiced in Las Vegas ever since. Mr. Finnegan is involved with some of the most unique buildings and systems the city has ever constructed.

FEA Consulting Engineers was founded in 1990 and the firm specializes in providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as well as lighting design services.

Mr. Finnegan's firm specializes in hospitality and entertainment spaces and in 2018 was listed as one of the country's Top 10 Hotel Engineering Firms in the BD+C Giants 300. His recent hospitality projects have included Las Vegas destinations The Cosmopolitan, The Cromwell, TopGolf and World Market Center. Native American resorts have brought his firm all over the country, from Florida and Maine to Washington and San Diego…and everywhere in between!

The firm's current projects include Resorts World Las Vegas, the Wilton Rancheria in Northern California and Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Mr. Finnegan's firm has been able to engineer large venues such as Lions Stadium/Ford Field in Detroit and the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas.

To provide innovation, Mr. Finnegan believes you have to think differently. This is how he consistently increases the benefit to owners concerning performance, reliability, and maintainability of his designs, all while protecting the environment. His past projects reveal a common approach of uncommon designs that continue to provide value to owners and the environment.

Mr. Finnegan is licensed in 15 states and holds membership and governing positions in ASHRAE, Green Buildings Council, Clark County Building Board of Appeals, Tall Building Council, and NFPA, to name a few.

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

Mr. Finnegan can be contacted at +1 702-269-6060 or rfinnegan@fealasvegas.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.