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Mr. Plattenburg

George Plattenburg

Managing Partner, Burton Energy Group

George Plattenburg is one of three Managing Partners at Burton Energy Group, a consulting firm based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Burton Energy Group provides sustainability and energy efficiency consulting services for many of the world's leading organizations, including 10 Fortune 150 firms as well as several large public companies headquartered in Europe and several of the largest private companies in the US.

Burton's clients typically operate large facility portfolios of hundreds or thousands of locations, and include businesses focused on owning and operating hotels, retail and distribution, manufacturing, financial services, and restaurants.

Mr. Plattenburg has more than 25 years of experience in energy efficiency and sustainability, and has worked for in a variety of leadership roles encompassing operations, engineering, sales and marketing. His experience includes energy engineering, utility demand side management program oversight, and service companies helping businesses take full advantage of their investment in energy and infrastructure.

Mr. Plattenburg has a passion for working with clients to help them drive utility usage out of their businesses to reduce their environmental impact and improve their bottom lines. His clients rely on him to design, develop, and implement comprehensive programs to reduce the consumption and cost of utilities including electricity, natural gas, and water, and to help them understand and lower their carbon footprints. These client programs include demand side reduction improvements, energy risk and supply management, and analysis and business insights based on utility consumption information.

Mr. Plattenburg has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Please visit http://www.burtonenergygroup.com for more information.

Mr. Plattenburg can be contacted at 678-829-4018 or gplattenburg@burtonenergygroup.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.