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Mr. Rock

Jeremy Rock

Principal & Founder, RockIT Group

Jeremy Rock is a principal and the founder of the RockIT Group. With more than two decades of industry experience, he brings extensive knowledge in all areas of Telecommunications, Low Voltage Systems, and Hotel Systems and Applications. Additionally he brings real-world experience in project managing and overseeing the implementation of these systems across a multitude of challenging environments. Mr. Rock has successfully provided consulting services on numerous projects of all types, including some of the largest and most prestigious resort and hotel properties in the United States and abroad. He is an often published professional in various industry technology and trade publications and is an invited speaker at industry functions. Mr. Rock possesses a comprehensive skill set with vast knowledge of many critical systems and applications. His standing within the industry allows him to negotiate and deliver outstanding results and favorable cost points for his clients. Prior to founding the RockIT Group, he was the Director of MIS with Sunstone Hotels in San Clemente, CA where he was responsible for overseeing the Information Systems and Telecommunications for over 60 multi-branded and independent hotels as well as the Corporate Office. In addition to working with various hotel related systems at Sunstone Hotels, he was also responsible for overseeing the design of the company's overall IT infrastructure. Mr. Rock is a Microsoft Certified Professional and is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional. (CHTP).

Mr. Rock can be contacted at 714-826-9900 or jrock@rockitgroup.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.