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Mr. Haas

Steven Haas

Executive Director for Centerplate , Miami Beach Convention Center

Steven Haas, Miami's born and bred tastemaker, is currently the new Executive Director for Centerplate at Miami Beach Convention Center. He was previously the chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) from 2004 to 2008 and a board member from 2002 to 2004.

Preeminent restaurateur, entrepreneur, and culinary creator, Mr. Haas is a key visionary in the development of Miami's vibrant food tourism community. He enjoys a storied history at some of South Florida's finest dining establishments. Mr. Haas founded City Hall the Restaurant, located in the heart of Miami's performing arts district. He was co-owner and operating partner for Soyka Restaurant by News Cafe Corp.

Mr. Haas was also the General Manager for China Grill and Tuscan Steak in South Beach, Red Square, Delano and Social at the Sagamore Hotel.  His extensive pedigree in restaurant management also includes positions at The Forge, Joe's Stone Crab and Monty's Stone Crab.

Mr. Haas was previously the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), the first to helm the board from the restaurant sector. During his time with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), he helped curate the Miami Begins with Me and Miami Spice Restaurant Month initiatives that advanced the level of standards for customer service and restaurant promotion in Greater Miami and Beaches.

Mr. Haas' shrewd eye for fine dining re-imagines traditional convention center cuisine into an unforgettable and delectable experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-haas-61166632/

Mr. Haas can be contacted at +1 305-333-5805 or stevehaas@soykarestaurant.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.