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Ms. Uber

Liz Uber

Vice President of Revenue Management, Pillar Hotels & Resorts

Liz Uber currently serves as Vice President of Revenue Management for Pillar Hotels & Resorts. She leads the corporate revenue management team, and is responsible for identifying and implementing strategies that maximize revenue, while focusing on improvements in market share. Ms. Uber joined Pillar Hotels & Resorts in 2005 as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn - Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia. She was later promoted to area roles with the company, including the Area Director of Sales, and Area Director of Operations positions. In 2010, she joined the revenue management team to further develop the department for greater performance and growth opportunities. In 2012, her team received Marriott's award for Revenue Management Team of the Year - Western Division. Prior to joining Pillar Hotels & Resorts, Ms. Uber held positions as Area Director of Revenue Management, and General Manager with Meyer Jabara Hotels in Southern Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland. She was also Director of Sales & Marketing, and then General Manager for a nationally recognized historic hotel in New England for two years. Ms. Uber started her career in the hospitality industry with Bristol Hotels & Resorts, serving in several different management positions, including Human Resources Manager, Director of Housekeeping, Front Office Manager, and Sales Manager. Ms. Uber is involved in a variety of charitable organizations, both independently and through work. She is especially involved in supporting Special Olympics, which is the designated charity adopted by Pillar Hotels & Resorts. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, and remains active in her school's alumni network.

Ms. Uber can be contacted at 972-830-3100 or Elizabeth.Uber@pillarhotels.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.