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Mr. Anderson

Carl Anderson

Director, Food & Beverage, The Modern Honolulu

Carl Anderson is Director of Food and Beverage at The Modern Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Mr. Anderson is responsible for all food and beverage operations, including enhancing the hotel's on-property dining options, in-room dining, and banquet and catering services alongside Executive Chef Scott Toner. Before joining The Modern Honolulu, Mr. Anderson managed progressive restaurants, outlets and catering concepts in both Chicago and Hawaii. After graduation from Lewis University with a degree in Business Administration, Mr. Anderson began his professional career in the hospitality industry running small nightclubs and soon found himself at the Hotel Intercontinental Chicago as a Food and Beverage Manager in 1997. At the upscale, 4-star property, Mr. Anderson managed all F&B elements, including each of the hotel's outlets, menus and entertainment concepts. In 2002, Mr. Anderson accepted the position of Director of Weddings at The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago hotel. In 2003, Mr. Anderson was named Senior Sales Manager for Wolfgang Puck Events, where he refined his skills in the marketing and events realm by planning and executing large-scale events. In Wolfgang Puck's quest to produce Oscar-level events across the country, Mr. Anderson oversaw large-scale Chicago-based events such as Oprah Winfrey's on-air 50th birthday, the Children's Memorial Gala, The Steppenwolf Gala, the Butterfly Ball, the star-studded event 'Roger Ebert Day' and even Chicago's most prestigious event, the Millennium Park Opening Gala. From 2005-2012, Mr. Anderson created several Chicago-based boutique restaurant concepts to media acclaim, overseeing all food and beverage direction for Between Boutique Cafe & Lounge, Sushi House I-II and Usagi Ya. Mr. Anderson relocated to Hawaii in 2012 and to serve as Department Head of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay prior to joining The Modern Honolulu team as Director of F&B in late February 2013.

Mr. Anderson can be contacted at 808-954-7427 or modern@jpublicrelations.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.