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Mr. Kmiec

Jeff Kmiec

President & Managing Director, The Greenbrier

Jeff Kmiec joined The Greenbrier in August 2009 as vice president of sales and marketing and was quickly promoted to vice president and managing director by resort owner Jim Justice. In 2010, Mr. Kmiec led the resort's team through events such as the grand opening of the Casino Club and the inaugural Greenbrier Classic. Also under his leadership, The Greenbrier's social and group bookings have set all-time records and continue to grow. Mr. Justice promoted Mr. Kmiec to president and managing director in January 2011. A resident of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Mr. Kmiec is active in numerous industry associations. A member of the board of directors for the West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association, he is also the Lodging Division President and AHLA Board Representative. He is also on the board of directors for the Greenbrier County Airport Authority and Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Prior to The Greenbrier, Mr. Kmiec was the resort director of sales and marketing for Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa where he was responsible for the redevelopment, repositioning and implementation of the sales, marketing and public relations efforts. A hospitality sales and marketing veteran, Mr. Kmiec has also served as vice president of sales and marketing for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort as well as its parent company, 84 Lumber. Mr. Kmiec's leadership of the group sales efforts at both Sawgrass and Nemacolin resulted in resort sales records. Sawgrass and Nemacolin also provided him with extensive experience with PGA TOUR events, particularly the 84 Lumber Classic, and have been integral in his leadership of The Greenbrier Classic, a PGA TOUR, FedExCup event.

Mr. Kmiec can be contacted at 304-536-7857 or jeff_kmiec@greenbrier.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.