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Mr. McPhee

Ian McPhee

Hotel Manager, Ritz Carlton Kapalua

Long-time Ritz-Carlton veteran, Ian McPhee, was named Hotel Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua earlier this year. Bringing more than 29 years of extensive industry savvy to the role, Mr. McPhee leads the acclaimed resort's Food & Beverage division -- including its six restaurants - in addition to Culinary, Meetings & Special Events, Spa, Retail and Rooms now under his guidance. In the span of his 14 years with the renowned brand, Mr. McPhee's commitment has resulted in various leadership positions across the globe -- beginning with Banquets in Boston, then at the helm of operations and food and beverage divisions in Washington D.C., Georgetown, San Francisco, Osaka, Japan and ultimately settling in Maui -- where he has called home for the past year and one half. The breadth of property mixes also allowed Mr. McPhee to intimately oversee budgets, labor management and hotel standards. Hailing from Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. McPhee earned a Bachelor's Degree in Food Service Education from Rhode Island's Johnson & Wales University and is invited annually to participate in the institution's Career Forum, where he proudly represents The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. His strong focus, impeccable leadership skills and extraordinary energy are certain to enhance to guest satisfaction and contribute to the overall success of the hotel.

Mr. McPhee can be contacted at 808-669-6200 or ian.mcphee@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.