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Mr. Palleschi

Rob Palleschi

Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Rob Palleschi has more than 25 years of hospitality experience and today leads the most recognized brand in the hospitality industry as global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. He oversees all aspects of Hilton Worldwide's flagship brand and leads a portfolio of more than 550 hotels and resorts across six continents. Mr. Palleschi's most recent appointment was global head, DoubleTree by Hilton where he was responsible for the strategic direction and vision of a fast-growing collection of upscale, full-service hotels and resorts. Also during his tenure with Hilton Worldwide, Mr. Palleschi served as vice president of product development and guest experience for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and vice president of brand performance for DoubleTree by Hilton. In these roles, Mr. Palleschi was one of the chief strategists for the development, implementation and enforcement of brand standards, owner relations and the quality assurance process for some of the most well-known, full-service hotels and resorts around the globe. Mr. Palleschi's experience within the hospitality industry also includes hotel operations and property management. In addition to his tenure at Hilton Worldwide, he worked for full-service hotel brands Sheraton, Hyatt, and Radisson hotels in a variety of markets from Dallas and Charlotte to Memphis and the San Francisco Bay Area. A native of Connecticut, Mr. Palleschi earned a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University. A sports fan who is loyal to the New York Yankees and New York Giants, Palleschi is also an active advocate for animal rescues. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Terri and enjoys spending time with his two daughters - Kristina and Lauren and their two dogs adopted from shelters and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Palleschi can be contacted at 888-370-0980 or rob.palleschi@hilton.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.