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Mr. Boles

Jesse Boles

Executive Director of Operations, FreemanGroup

Jesse Boles joined FreemanGroup in 2007, and assumed the role of Executive Director of Operations in November 2008. He is currently responsible for FreemanGroup's training and measurement divisions, heading projects in conjunction with some of the hospitality industry's leading service providers. Mr. Boles has worked with leadership teams to develop brand service cultures at both existing and new properties for Las Vegas casinos and luxury hotels. He has been integral in the set up and execution of brand-specific measurement programs for Wyndham Hotel Group, Hard Rock International, Delaware North Companies, and MGM Resorts International. Mr. Boles has a passion for opening new properties, and has had the privilege of consulting during the openings of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, MGM Grand Detroit, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, and the historic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, among others. He has also helped develop and lead customer service training initiatives for existing client properties for Destination Hotels and Resorts, Windsor Court Hotel New Orleans, and The Mirage Resort & Casino. In 2010, Mr. Boles initiated two of the largest and most complex training and measurement projects undertaken by FreemanGroup. In May 2010, FreemanGroup kicked off a nationwide service training initiative for Trinidad and Tobago, a country of 1.4 million people. The ongoing project targets providers in all areas of the tourism industry, including those in the immigrations, customs, taxi, hotel, restaurant, retail, and other sectors. In June 2010, work began on the development and implementation of an airport-wide service initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest air traffic center. Mr. Boles's profound interest in the ways organizations and groups function has led him to explore a wide array of fields, including behavioral economics, cognitive science, leadership, and motivation. Raised in Wisconsin, he is a product of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and steadfast fan of all things Bucky Badger.

Mr. Boles can be contacted at 972-479-1345 or jboles@freemangroup.org

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.