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Mr. Heller

Jed Heller

President, The Providence Group

Jed C. Heller is President of The Providence Group LLC, and a 30 year veteran of the hospitality management industry. Heller began his career with Winegardner and Hammons, a full service management company in Cincinnati, OH. Heller went on to successfully manage all phases of three start up business ventures involved in real estate investments, acquisitions, and hospitality management; two of these as operating partner. With his experience, unique style, and personal involvement in every management operation, he has been engaged by clients around the world. In 2005, Heller started The Providence Group LLC to offer unique hospitality and general management services to hotels, time-share resorts, and condominiums. Heller soon recognized the growing need for the professional management of small to mid-size hotels. The Providence Group LLC successfully fulfilled this need by providing positive, cost-effective, and efficient results to this market segment. His management focus is on quality, attention to detail, hands-on service, and full accountability for every employee. With a favorable industry response to his management style and business acumen, Heller made the strategic decision in early 2008, to allocate all resources and company focus to the full service management of small to mid-size hotels.

Mr. Heller can be contacted at 781-582-8785 or jcheller@providencegrp.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.