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Ms. DeOrsey

Kimberly DeOrsey

Spa & Fitness Director, Omphoy Resort

Kimberly DeOrsey spa career began in 1992 as an Intern at PGA National Resort & Spa, one of the pioneer Resort Spa's in the Country. She worked with the opening-management team for The Spa at PGA National (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida). Based on her accomplishments and reputation, Ms. DeOrsey was recently recruited as Spa Director for the 2012 US Resort Spa Ranked Number One Best by Conde Nast Traveler Readers, The Spa at The Omphoy in Palm Beach, FL. Other prior career accomplishments include spa leadership positions at a couple of other prestigious Resorts and Spas across the country: • Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Boca Raton, Florida) • The Spa At The Atlantic Hotel ( Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) • The Spa at The Tesoro Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida) • The Spa at International Polo Club (Wellington, Florida) • The Spa at Mar-A-Lago Club (Palm Beach, Florida) • The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa (Dana Point, California) • Westin Diplomat Country Club & Spa (Hollywood, Florida) • Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa (Farmington, Pennsylvania) Ms. DeOrsey is a highly sought after and respected spa director due to her unusual combination of talents and accomplishments. Behind her elegant and stunning, bright-eyed, personable exterior is a deeply caring, intuitive, versatile and visionary spa leader. She is admired for her commitment to integrating cutting-edge holistic treatments into the spa environment, for always putting the guests first, ensuring exceptional guest experiences and repeat clients along with an unrelenting commitment to profitability. In addition to her hands-on leadership, Ms. DeOrsey has served as consultant to hotel companies. She also served on the Starwood North American Spa Counsel and provided Spa Advisory Task Force efforts for hotel companies. Ms. DeOrsey is a graduate of Central Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree is Commercial Recreation and Facility Management, and a Minor in Advertisement. She is a 15-year member of ISPA.

Ms. DeOrsey can be contacted at 561-585-8116 or kdeorsey@omphoy.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.