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Mr. Rizzo

Dennis Rizzo

President & CEO, Bentley Price Associates, Inc.

Dennis P. Rizzo is President and CEO of Bentley Price Associates, Inc. a hospitality-focused executive search firm acknowledged to be a leader in its field. Over four decades, Mr. Rizzo has built his business around an extensive network of international clients and solid relationships at the highest levels, successfully filling thousands of positions, including a large contingent of boldface-name executives.

He began his professional career at an early age. After a tour of duty in Vietnam, the former United States Marine received his BA and took his first job at a major Miami hotel, where his talent was quickly recognized. In a very short time, Mr. Rizzo became the youngest person to hold the position of General Manager with the Hyatt Corporation, where he developed his strong administration and operations background. As a star player for Hyatt, Mr. Rizzo took over operations of the legendary “Hyatt House On Sunset,” which became a favorite stop for the biggest rock and roll acts in the world. His guests included Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and a VIP list of other entertainers who were attracted to Mr. Rizzo's commitment to 5-star service.

Following his well-publicized tenure in Hollywood, Mr. Rizzo was recruited as a General Manager for Le Baron Hotels. He applied his skills and style to opening the brand new Le Baron Hotel in Buena Park, California, while simultaneously managing and completely redesigning the flagship Le Baron property in San Diego. It was there that he innovated new systems for the Food & Beverage operation. In 1976, Mr. Rizzo founded Bentley Price Associates, Inc. to provide a unique approach to how key management and C-level executives are found and recruited for the hospitality and casino gaming industry. He created an entirely new method to target and recruit top talent in a fiercely-competitive environment.

Please visit http://www.bentleyprice.com for more information.

Mr. Rizzo can be contacted at 805-686-1234 or drizzo@bentleyprice.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.