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Mr. Osiecki

Timothy E. Osiecki

President of Design & Construction, Concord Hospitality Enterprises

Timothy Osiecki and Concord CEO Mark Laport were custom home builders before Concord Hospitality was founded in 1985 with a vision of developing and managing high quality hotels to become industry leaders. Mr. Osiecki led the design team responsible for the first LEED-certified Courtyard by Marriott prototype hotel, and received Marriott's first Icon Award for smartly creating new innovative ways to enhance brand design without additional cost. In 2012, he reprised his role as brand innovator by leading the design of the Gen IV SpringHill Suites prototype in Latrobe PA and received a "Design Excellence" award for his efforts. “LEED gave us another avenue to sustain our goal of being industry leaders by providing owners with a compelling ROI while providing an enhanced guest experience,” Mr. Osiecki says. Since Concord's founding, Mr. Osiecki has directed the development and construction of 10,000 hotel rooms and overseen the conversion of many existing hotels to new flags. Since committing in 2009 to develop only LEED-certified hotels, his team has opened four new LEED properties, (493 rooms) and has another seven under construction and nine more in design phase. Mr. Osiecki is a longstanding member of the Design and Construction Committees for Marriott's SpringHill Suites, Courtyard, and Fairfield Inn & Suites brands as well as Starwood's Aloft and Element brands. He is currently working with Hyatt to develop enhanced cost effective design alternatives.

Mr. Osiecki can be contacted at 919-455-2900 or tim.osiecki@concordhotels.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.