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Ms. Hughes-Wyman

Lesley Hughes-Wyman

Principal & Partner, MatchLine Design Group

As a registered interior designer, Lesley Hughes Wyman brings close to 20 years of industry experience to her role as a co-founding principal of MatchLine Design Group. Prior to joining forces with her long-time friend and business partner Tamara Ainsworth in 2009, Ms. Wyman held various design roles at renowned firms, which allowed her to refine her craft.

Ms. Wyman has overseen a number of notable full-service projects, including Embassy Suites, DoubleTree; the current conversion for San Antonio's Estancia del Norte - A Tapestry by Hilton Collection; the upcoming historic renovation of the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Kansas City; The Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake Ozark; and Taj Blue Diamond Resort.

Since 2009, MatchLine Design Group has been transforming hotels, resorts, spas, corporate offices, multifamily properties and active adult living facilities throughout the country into timeless interior environments.

Principals and co-founders Lesley Hughes Wyman and Tamara Ainsworth helm the Dallas-based multidisciplinary firm, which is a WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprise. Services include initial space planning, conceptual design and design development, interior construction document production, contract administration and final product placement review.

Named a Top Hospitality Design Firm for the past three consecutive years by Hotel Management, the team brings all elements of design and construction together just as pairs of match lines on architectural drawings join to create a cohesive plan.

Ms. Wyman holds a degree in interior design from Texas State University and her professional affiliations include IIDA, ASID, and NEWH for which she has served in various leadership and committee roles.

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

Ms. Hughes-Wyman can be contacted at +1 972-707-0568 or connect@matchlinedesign.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.