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Mr. Kimball

Larry K. Kimball

Director of Hotel Development, C. W. Clark, Inc.

Larry K. Kimball has over thirty years of hotel experience in development, finance, operations, and asset management at the corporate and operating unit levels. Mr. Kimball is currently Director of Hotel Development for C. W. Clark, Inc., a San Diego-based commercial real estate developer. In this capacity, he is responsible for the entitlement, design, financing, and asset management of several large public-private hotel and mixed-use projects totaling ~1,200 keys with combined development costs of $600+ million. As Managing Director of Horwath Hospitality and Leisure's San Diego office, Mr. Kimball provided consulting services to the City of Garden Grove Redevelopment Office evaluating hotel development opportunities and consulted to developers of the proposed Escondido Hotel and Conference Center. Mr. Kimball spent twenty years in Hawaii working with independent resorts and hotel brands. He led the restructuring and strategic planning effort as Lanai Company's COO/CFO. There he was involved in Gold Nugget award winning multi-family residential development, luxury hotel operations, commercial and residential property management, significant cash flow improvement, and P&L accountability for $70+ million revenue operations with 1,100 employees and $650 million in assets. For five years, Mr. Kimball managed the Honolulu office of a global hospitality technology consulting practice focusing on telecommunications and other information management systems and was one of seven agents nationwide for GTE Vantage Solutions. His first ten years in Hawaii with Amfac Hotels included assignments in the corporate office as well as in their 11 hotels to improve operations efficiency and profitability. Mr. Kimball received his CHA at the inaugural CHA awards ceremony where he acted as emcee. His MBA is from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. Kimball can be contacted at 858-875-5146 or larryk@CWCLARKINC.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.