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Mr. Paneri

Michael R. Paneri

Senior Vice President, Hotel Development, Viceroy Hotel Group

With 30 years of experience in premier resort, hotel, hospitality and leisure project design and development worldwide, Michael Paneri brings an invaluable skill set to the Viceroy Hotel Group team. A licensed architect and seasoned corporate executive, Paneri has been overseeing the development, design and construction of various Viceroy Hotel Group projects including initial property assessment, feasibility, business development and operational luxury hotel management since he joined in 2005. His leadership and design influence has been critical in the successful expansion of the brand with key Viceroy projects including Viceroy Maldives; Viceroy Anguilla; Viceroy Snowmass, CO; Viceroy Miami; Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico; Viceroy New York; Viceroy Istanbul and Bodrum in Turkey; and Sugar Beach, St. Lucia. Prior to his tenure with Viceroy he headed his own firm, MP Consulting, providing design & construction consulting services on projects including the Elysian in Chicago and renovation of New York's Plaza Hotel. Mr. Paneri was also Vice President, Design & Construction for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. During his seven-year tenure, he was a key member of the company's corporate leadership through a period of significant worldwide growth, and developed and administered Rosewood's luxury quality standards. Paneri saw the development and refurbishment of important Rosewood properties such as The Carlyle, NY; Little Dix Bay, BVI; Corniche, Jedda and Al Faisaliah, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Mayakoba, Mexico; and Sand Hill, Menlo Park. Prior to Rosewood Mr. Paneri was Director of the Board, Vice President and Senior Principal at Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo. During 14 years there, he managed some of WATG's largest resort, hotel, casino, retail and entertainment projects including The Venetian and Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas; Ritz-Carlton Huntington Pasadena and Rancho Mirage. Mr. Paneri holds a BS in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and studied Land Development & Management at University of California, Irvine. He is a licensed architect in California and is NCARB certified.

Mr. Paneri can be contacted at 323-930-3898 or mike.paneri@viceroyhotelgroup.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.