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Mr. Karpinski

Peter Karpinski

Partner, Sage Hospitality

Peter Karpinski is the creative entrepreneurial force behind both Sage Restaurant Group and Sage Hospitality. SRG is a successful Denver-based enterprise developing independent restaurants that break the mold of traditional hotel dining, while Sage Hospitality is one of the country's largest hotel management and development companies with a specialization in lifestyle and luxury properties. Through Mr. Karpinski's bold thought leadership, he has launched eleven award-winning Sage Restaurant Group concepts, all located adjacent to Sage Hospitality properties. In both roles, Mr. Karpinski leads lifestyle-focused real estate development projects and curates overall brand development, ownership, and management platforms. His entrepreneurship, unrivaled hospitality experience, and business ethics intertwine and pave the way for the continued growth of each company. With plans to duplicate core brands and launch new, unique concepts, 2017 promises to be Sage's most significant year yet. Mr. Karpinski will help lead the company's Dairy Block project in downtown Denver, introducing a full city block redevelopment featuring The Maven, a new urban upscale hotel brand, a second location of Kachina Southwestern Grill, a new bar called Poka Lola Social Club, and Class A office and retail space. Denver will also welcome a fourth location of SRG's modern steakhouse brand, Urban Farmer. Additionally, Mr. Karpinski and his team will launch two highly anticipated concepts in 2017; Bower Bird Coffee, and The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market in the Fort Collins, CO and Savannah, GA markets. Most recently, he opened the award-winning Halcyon Hotel and second location of Departure restaurant in Denver to rave reviews.   An alum of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Karpinski has gained national praise from prominent hospitality-based publications such as Food & Wine's “40 Big Food Thinkers, 40 and Under,” Nation's Restaurant News' “Power List”, and Restaurant Hospitality. Mr. Karpinski has also been recognized by influential business media including Forbes, Market Watch, CNN Money, and Denver Business Journal's “40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals”, and has appeared on Food Network's “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell”.

Mr. Karpinski can be contacted at 303-405-8394 or peter.karpinski@sagerestaurantgroup.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.