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Mr. Klein

Jeff Klein

Vice President of Food & Beverage, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Jeffrey Klein, Vice President of Operations, Food & Beverage, is responsible for developing Fontainebleau Miami Beach's multi-million dollar food and beverage operation. With nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Klein was instrumental in building a team of more than 1,200 employees to reopen the resort after a $1 billion renovation in 2008. Under Mr. Klein's direction, Fontainebleau offers 12 food and beverage outlets including, fine dining, casual restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as service for more than 250,000 square feet of meeting, function and banquet space. Fontainebleau's portfolio includes award-winning signature restaurants Scarpetta, Hakkasan and Gotham Steak, and the world-famous LIV nightclub. Prior to Fontainebleau, Mr. Klein spent seven years with Loews Hotels, including six years in Miami Beach in a variety of roles including Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Restaurants, Food & Beverage Area Manager, Banquet Manager and Director of Guest Services. Mr. Klein oversaw integral facets of the restaurants and lounges at the hotel, as well as the 65,000 square foot banquet facility. At Loews, Mr. Klein was also responsible for the execution of major events such as the Ocean Drive MTV VMA party, Latin Grammy Awards and Miami Rocks for Relief. In addition, Mr. Klein previously owned and managed Entourage Sports Cafe and served as General Manager for the restaurant at Washington Square Hotel, both in New York City. Klein earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University.

Mr. Klein can be contacted at 877-854-2033 or jeff.klein@fontainebleau.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.