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Mr. Walter

Todd Walter

Chief Executive Officer, Red Door Spa Holdings

Mr. Todd Walter has been with Red Door Spa Holdings since July 2005, holding the positions of EVP & CFO, before being elevated to COO in March 2006 and ultimately to his appointment as CEO in October 2006. He has over fourteen years of financial restructuring and turnaround management experience. Prior to joining Red Door, Mr. Walter provided both financial and senior operating leadership to struggling companies in varied positions including: CFO and acting COO of Naked Juice, a privately-held, premium beverage company distributing through grocery store and mass-merchant retailers; CFO of Cluett American Corp. and Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc., a branded apparel manufacturing and distribution company whose trademarks included Gold Toe Socks and Arrow dress shirts and sportswear; acting Vice President of Operations for MobileMedia Corporation, the nations then second largest paging and mobile telecommunications company; and Treasurer of a private, post-secondary education company. Mr. Walter is an alumnus of Alvarez & Marsal, Inc., one of the country's leading turnaround management firms. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Walter spent seven years in the commercial lending and workout field. He was a Vice President in Chemical Bank's Special Loan Group, where he was responsible for managing a portfolio of problem loans, and prior to that, he was a commercial loan officer for National Westminster Bank, USA.

Mr. Walter can be contacted at 203-905-1779 or twalter@rdspas.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.