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Mr. Caswell

Bill Caswell

Principal, Hospitality Practice Leader, North Highland

Bill Caswell is a principal with North Highland and serves as the firm's Hospitality practice leader. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in hospitality, vacation ownership, sales, marketing and technology.

Mr. Caswell has broad expertise that includes strategy development, organizational change management, consumer engagement, acquisition and loyalty strategy, program and project management, hospitality start-up operations, sales force management, satisfaction assessments, training design and implementation, service level management and performance measurement.

Prior to joining North Highland, Mr. Caswell worked and consulted with some of the major players across the hospitality industry, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Wordwide, ANA Hotels and Kimpton Hotels.

North Highland is a global management consulting firm known for helping clients solve their most complex challenges related to customer experience, performance improvement, technology and digital, and transformation. Working with clients across a myriad of industries, North Highland has provided expert services to organizations and enterprises alike in the hospitality, financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, transportation - both private and public sector - and philanthropy industries, among several others. North Highland adds value and supports clients across the full spectrum of consulting. From early planning and strategy to delivery of the final product or service, the consultancy brings big ideas and then makes them a reality.

As an employee-owned firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, North Highland currently employs more than 3,000 consultants worldwide and has 70 plus offices around the globe, including the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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

Mr. Caswell can be contacted at +1 321-214-6009 or Bill.Caswell@northhighland.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.