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Mr. Miller

Dewiet Miller

Director of Food and Beverage, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver

Dewiet Miller is the Director of Food and Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. He has successfully overseen all Food & Beverage and Culinary Operations for the city's only AAA Five-Diamond hotel which includes the hotels' signature restaurant, ELWAY'S Downtown, owned by former Denver Bronco and NFL hall of famer, John Elway. Mr. Miller's widespread enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the hospitality industry have greatly impacted the Food and Beverage team's accomplishments at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver with company-high scores in overall food quality, among other key areas which measure the success of the F&B sector. Mr. Miller embodies a simple philosophy, one that is based on this: the more you coach, train, empower and mentor your employees, it's the better the investment you make in growing your business. A respected leader and champion for internal growth, Mr. Miller has increased the morale of ladies and gentleman, recently solidified record high employee engagement scores and guest satisfaction scores for the hotel. Mr. Miller joined The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. in 2000 with the opening of the posh golf and beach resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall, Jamaica where he spent five years in various Food & Beverage positions. In 2005 Miller joined The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, where he was Assistant Director of Food & Beverage and was instrumental in overseeing the re-conceptualization in 2006 of the F&B operations at that property. Mr. Miller has also held the position of Director of Operations for The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, St. Thomas, overseeing the day-to-day operations for the 105-unit fractional ownership resort. He was also instrumental in the refurbishment and renovation of 84 Ritz-Carlton Club Residences. Mr. Miller is proud to be from his native homeland of Jamaica and is considers himself to be a man of hospitality while maintaining an eye on quality at all levels, the same way he is about enjoying the music of his homeland.

Mr. Miller can be contacted at 303-312-3826 or dewiet.miller@ritzcarlton.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.