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Mr. Maack

Rick Maack

Owner, Balance Spa Management

Rick Maack is the Business Development Partner and Owner of Maack Management and Balance Spa Management, a fully outsourced option for the spa, salon and fitness center of luxury hotels. Mr. Maack leases space from hotels and/or building owners providing a lease income stream and revenue share to hotel partners. Mr. Maack operates seamlessly with the hotel, using the hotel brand and look. All expenses of operation are borne by Maack Management and a revenue share option is included in most leases. The revenue share with the hotel assures that the spa and the hotel have like goals. Mr. Maack and his wife Kelly entered the spa and fitness business to capitalize on the combination of transforming human needs and the resulting emergence of the hybrid category within the wellness and spa industries. This category merges the synergistic elements of these industry segments with full-service hotels and large luxury residential communities in urban settings. Mr. Maack and his team have also completed several consulting projects for hotels groups and independent spas and wellness centers. These projects included, marketing plans, branding, spa concept development, spa and fitness center design, pre-opening project management, and needs and feasibility assessments. Maack Management and Balance have worked with InterContinental Hotel Group, Loews Hotels, Omni Hotels, The Windsor Court in New Orleans, Hilton Hotels, the Essex House in New York City and other independent hotel brands. Mr. Maack joined Balance 2003 as the Director of Business Development. He purchased the company with his wife Kelly in 2007 rebranding as Maack Management. Prior to this, he was Business Development Director for Concept Heaven, an Interactive Internet Marketing company located in Manhattan where he was responsible for major account sales and marketing in the salon, spa and beauty space. Clients included Aveda, Este Lauder and Kerastase brands. Earlier in his career, Mr. Maack worked as a CPA for PricewaterhouseCoopers and has completed several consulting projects in the Internet commerce space.

Mr. Maack can be contacted at 302-223-5942 or rick@maackmanagement.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.