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Mr. Hill

Roger G. Hill

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, The Gettys Group Inc.

Roger G. Hill II is CEO & Chairman of Gettys, a leading hospitality design, procurement and development firm he co-founded in 1988. A respected hospitality industry veteran, his expertise and influence have helped place Gettys among the most recognized and published firms in the hospitality design industry. One of the vanguards of a “beautiful design is good business,” philosophy in the hospitality design industry, Roger has led Gettys through over two decades of growth by continually raising the bar. First, he changed the business model of a hospitality design firm by adding an in-house procurement department and later, by creating a property development arm at Gettys. Today, Gettys is an industry leader, known for offering a turn-key development-design-procurement formula to hoteliers but also for consistently creating hotels that deliver profits. Most recently, Roger and his team have pursued global growth with offices in Hong Kong and Dubai. Roger is frequently called upon by hospitality and business industry publications to provide insight into the redevelopment, renovation, and repositioning of hotels and is repeatedly quoted by national media outlets. His role as CEO also includes the strategy and analysis for Gettys' development efforts, including the acquisition and repositioning of assets throughout the United States. Roger's achievements earned him Hospitality Design magazine's prestigious Platinum Circle Award, recognizing exceptional achievement in the hospitality design industry. A graduate of Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, Roger is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Society for Hospitality Consultants, and the Young President's Organization.He also serves as a board member of the Lincoln Park Zoo and is past president and past trustee of the Auxiliary Board for the Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, he has served as an appointed delegate for the White House Conference on Small Business.

Mr. Hill can be contacted at 312-836-1111 or info@gettys.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.