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Mr. Howe

Prentice Howe

VP, Executive Creative Director, Tocquigny

VP, Executive Creative Director at Tocquigny, Mr. Howe champions a culture of fresh ideas and oversees the development of integrated campaigns across a diverse client portfolio. Mr. Howe has nearly twenty years of experience as a writer and creative director, working with some of America's most iconic brands. Having previously worked in Dallas, Los Angeles and Detroit, he relies on his experiences with people from diverse backgrounds to craft authentic connections between brands and consumers. Ideas that make him think, “I wish I'd thought of that” inspire him and drive him to make each project better than the last. Mr. Howe's hotel and spa experience includes marketing work for Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio), the W Austin Hotel + Residences (Austin, TX), Horseshoe Bay Resort (Horseshoe Bay, TX), Hotel Nikko (San Francisco), St. Regis Hotel (Los Angeles), Wilshire Grand (Los Angeles), Red Mountain Resort & Spa (St. George, Utah), and Hotel Pattee (Perry, Iowa) and the Dallas / Fort Worth Area Tourism Council. Prior to Tocquigny, Mr. Howe worked at Doner in Detroit. His account experience also includes Minute Maid, Fiat, Serta, JBL, The Dallas Stars Hockey Club, Texas Rangers Baseball, Habitat for Humanity, Anheuser-Busch, Petmate and Activision. He has written for Entrepreneur, BrandFreak, Sports Business Journal and PROMO. Mr. Howe's campaigns have been recognized by Cannes Lions, London International Advertising Awards, the Webby Awards, Communication Arts, Creativity and The New York Times.

Mr. Howe can be contacted at 512-532-2885 or phowe@tocquigny.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.