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Mr. Hart

Jeff Hart

General Manager, Los Angeles Airport Marriott

Jeff Hart is General Manager of the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.

Through over 33 years in the hotel industry, 30 of which have been served with Marriott International, Mr. Hart has forged a highly recognized career through opening, repositioning and transforming strategically important hotel assets for several Marriott properties. His hotel management experience has taken him throughout the United States, where he has served in leadership roles for more than 10 prominent Marriott hotels.

Mr. Hart earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Purdue University, and began his hospitality career in food and beverage programs with Restaurant and Catering Management roles at the Cleveland Marriott, Southbend Marriott, and Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Resort.

After working as Director of Catering Sales at the Miami Airport Marriott, Mr. Hart transitioned to the West Coast, where he served as Director of Catering Sales and Director of Restaurant Operations at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. He then took his expertise to Schaumburg Marriott in Illinois as Food & Beverage Director, before returning to Southern California as Director of Operations for both Manhattan Beach Marriott and Marina Del Rey Marriott.

On the West Coast, Mr. Hart lent strategic insight, leadership and hotel management experience as the General Manager for the Manhattan Beach Marriott, Seattle Airport Marriott, Redmond Marriott Town Center where he led the hotel's opening, and Old Town Pasadena Courtyard Marriott, before returning to the iconic Los Angeles Airport Marriott (LAX Marriott).

Currently General Manager at the LAX Marriott, Mr. Hart leads a seamless operation of the property's 1,004 guest rooms and 55,000 square feet of event space. Most recently, he guided the significant Southern California hotel through an entire property transformation, which re-imagined the LAX Marriott, and re-introduced the hotel as a sleek cosmopolitan center of innovation and exploration that is setting the stage of the next generation of travel.

Mr. Hart's passion for both service and quality has earned him recognition with awards such as Best in Class - Sales and Marketing Award as well as Sales Leadership Excellence Award from Marriott International. He is an active participant and leader in the Los Angeles community, and currently serves as an Executive Board Member for Gateway Los Angeles.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxap-los-angeles-airport-marriott/ for more information.

Mr. Hart can be contacted at +1 310-337-5339 or Jeff.Hart@marriott.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.