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Mr. Coyle

Jim Coyle

Founder & President, Coyle Hospitality Group

Jim Coyle founded Coyle Hospitality Group, a market leader providing mystery shopping, quality assurance, and market research services exclusively to the hospitality industry since 1996. Mr. Coyle has acted as the president of the company since inception and has developed over 200 quality/brand measurement programs for leading hospitality companies worldwide. Mr. Coyle has also developed Qore, the first fully customizable online mystery shopping database platform designed specifically for the unique demands of the hospitality industry. With extensive and continued client collaboration, he continues to develop Coyle's applications and programs, ensuring that clients get the most effective management tools to measure the complete guest experience. Prior to founding Coyle Hospitality Group, Mr. Coyle began his career as an executive chef and then as a Food & Beverage Director with Prime Hospitality. He then took a Financial Controller's position with Metromedia Hotels, where he was promoted to Food & Beverage Director and then Catering Director at the New York City Empire Hotel. Mr. Coyle oversaw the final renovation and opening of the West 63rd Street Steakhouse in 1994. In addition to his commitment to the hospitality industry, Mr. Coyle serves on the board of YMCA Camp Combe. He is involved in the strong kids program, which helps underprivileged kids access a rural camping experience. Coyle Hospitality Group also supports other charitable organizations including those for Crohns and Leukemia/Lymphoma. Mr. Coyle graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and currently lives in Mahopac, New York with his his wife and two children.

Mr. Coyle can be contacted at 800-891-9292 or jcoyle@coylehospitality.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.