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Mr. Haas

Thomas Haas

Vice President of Food & Beverage, Noble House Hotels & Resorts

As vice president of food and beverage for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Thomas Haas is responsible for the development, personnel management and financial operations for all Noble House food and beverage venues across the United States. Previous to his position as vice president, Mr. Haas was appointed the corporate F&B regional director for Noble House Hotels & Resorts in 2006, overseeing food and beverage operations for Western United States properties, including The Edgewater and University Tower Hotel in Seattle, WA; The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, CA; Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA; and The Inn and Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe, NM. In this position, Mr. Haas was responsible for developing new service training, new bar concepts and refinement of menu content within the western properties. Before joining Noble House in July 2000, Mr. Haas was the managing director of the Fireman Hospitality Group, one of the largest independent restaurant groups in New York City, and was also managing director FHG's $18 million grossing Red Eye Grill. He has extensive experience in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, and has held executive level positions at properties ranging from The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills and The Breakers in Palm Beach, to Dom Hotel in Limburg, Germany and The Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach. Mr. Haas also worked in management roles at Montezinos Restaurant in Palm Beach and Hotel du Cap, Eden Rock in Cap d'Antibes, France. A native of Germany, he began his career with a four-year apprenticeship at some of Europe's top luxury hotels, including Brenner's Park Hotel in Baden-Baden and the l'Hotel du Roc in Antibe, in the south of France. Fluent in English, German and French, Mr. Haas graduated from the University of Villingen in Germany, German College of Hotel Administration and from Cornell University in New York with degrees in Hospitality Management, Economics and Culinary Arts.

Mr. Haas can be contacted at 425-827-8737 or thaas@noblehousehotels.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.