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Mr. Beazley

John Beazley

Managing Director of Hospitality, Trigild

A Certified Hotel Administrator since 1988, John B. Beazley has more than 30 years of hospitality and restaurant management experience. As Trigild's managing director of hospitality, he oversees the operations of hotels, restaurants and other types of enterprise businesses, working closely with the corporate office personnel and all on-site managers - overseeing operations, franchising, new development, sales and marketing, construction, human resources and concept analysis and acquisitions. In this capacity, he also leads Trigild's field based operations team, strategically based throughout the United States. Prior to joining Trigild, Mr. Beazley was executive vice president of Pacifica Hotel Company -- a position he held for 16 years - successfully leading the repositioning and management of their 30-hotel and restaurant portfolio, building value and solid investor returns. During his tenure with the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company, he also directed a series of multi-million dollar hotel renovations, as well as helped significantly expand the company. When Mr. Beazley joined Pacifica, the company had five hotels, and it had expanded to 23 properties, ranging from 35 to 460 rooms, by the time he left. Mr. Beazley is familiar with Trigild and its approach, having worked for the full service real estate services company for six years in the late 80s and early 90s as vice president of operations. Additionally, he gained a solid, hands-on knowledge of successful hotel and restaurant operations as a hotel general manager, and worked for eight years with Stouffer Hotel Corporation in positions including director of food and beverage, restaurant manager and hotel general manager for properties across the country. Over the years, he has worked with brands that include Best Western, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Radisson and Choice Hotels. Mr. Beazley received his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Beazley can be contacted at 858-242-1222 or john.beazley@trigild.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.