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Mr. Butler

Jim Butler

Chairman, JMBM's Global Hospitality Group

Jim Butler is the Chairman of JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® and Chinese Investment Group™, the author of the Hotel Law Blog on HotelLawyer.com, and the Founder of Meet the Money® -- National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference. Mr. Butler and his team of hotel lawyers represent hotel owners, developers and investors. The group has helped their clients find business and legal solutions for more than $68 billion of hotel transactions, involving more than 1,500 properties around the globe, providing the most extensive virtual database in the world of transactional market terms. Mr. Butler devotes 100% of his law practice to hospitality and is recognized as one of the top hotel lawyers in the world. He and his team provide business and legal advice on virtually every kind of hospitality transaction or issue, including: ADA compliance & defense, construction, development, equity & joint ventures, financing, foreign investment, franchise & licensing, hotel-specific contracts, labor & employment including union issues, land use & environmental, leasing, litigation, management agreements, purchase & sale, tax, trademark & copyright, vacation ownership, condo hotels and workouts, bankruptcies and receiverships. Mr. Butler and the hotel lawyers with JMBM's Global Hospitality Group® are aggressive, passionate advocates for owners, developers and investors. Because they do not represent any of the traditional hotel brands or branded management companies, they are conflict-free in helping their clients to level the playing field. More than "just" great hotel lawyers, JMBM's Global Hospitality Group are deal makers. They can help find the right operator or capital provider. They help clients identify key business goals, assemble the right team, strategize the approach to optimize value and then get the deal done. Mr. Butler is frequently quoted as an expert on hotel issues by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg News. You can get his perspective on the Hotel Law Blog; his books are available on HotelLawyer.com.

Mr. Butler can be contacted at 310-201-3526 or jbutler@jmbm.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.