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Ms. Plant

Morgan Plant

Vice President, Food & Beverage, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Morgan Plant brings more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hotel industry to her role as vice president for food and beverage at Joie de Vivre. She first came to the company in 2004 to launch the food and beverage program at Americano Restaurant & Bar at the company's San Francisco flagship, Hotel Vitale. After a regional director of operations role, she moved into the position of Vice President in 2009 and helped launch the burgeoning Joie de Vivre restaurant collection, lending her operations savvy to implement creative, timely concepts for the brand's more than 20 boutique restaurant and lounges. Ms. Plant's background includes posts as general manager and corporate wine director of Mistral Restaurant and Avenir Restaurant Group, general manager of Blue Chalk Cafe's flagship property, and wine director for Kimpton's Red Star in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Plant also worked with the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in both its Seattle and San Francisco locations. A trained and certified sommelier, she also oversees the beverage program at Joie de Vivre. Ms. Plant has a bachelor's of science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine; a master's degree in Biology from San Jose State University; and has completed a post baccalaureate program in Psychobiology at Stanford University.

Ms. Plant can be contacted at 415-364-5401 or mplant@jdvhotels.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.