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Mr. Mills

Scott A. Mills

General Manager, The Beverly Garland

Scott A. Mills is a second-generation hotelier with more than 25 years of hospitality experience. Mr. Mills brings a vast resume of hotel and restaurant management and deep roots in the Los Angeles area to The Beverly Garland. In this role, Mr. Mills leads the re-brand to The Garland and $20 million dollar renovation of the iconic North Hollywood hotel, which is set to debut summer 2014. Mr. Mills' impressive resume in the hospitality industry makes him an asset to The Beverly Garland team. Throughout his experience in the industry, from directing food and beverage concepts to managing general operations and guest experiences, Mr. Mills has successfully overseen numerous hotel and restaurant launches, re-openings, renovations and complete rebrands. Mr. Mills' career began shortly after he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration from the William F. Harrah College at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His first hotel management position was at the marquee Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, where he held numerous leadership roles that lead to nearly eleven years of promotions at four properties in the Four Seasons brand. Since then, Mr. Mills has been at the forefront of several hospitality operations including his role as assistant director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Dallas and at the The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, where he re-launched the property's signature restaurant, THEBlvd. As opening director of food and beverage at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, the brand's first boutique-styled property launch, Mr. Mills was responsible for the launch of local favorite Quattro Restaurant and Bar. Later, Mr. Mills worked as general manager at the iconic boutique Avalon Beverly Hills, a Viceroy Hotel, where he was responsible for the re-concept and launch of the property's Oliverio restaurant, which replaced the former blue on blue concept. Mr. Mills also spearheaded the complete renovation and re-positioning of the Chamberlain West Hollywood, a Viceroy Hotel, in Los Angeles and was most recently vice president of hospitality operations for The Siegel Group in Las Vegas, which included managing all aspects of the group's portfolio of four hotels and the corporate office.

Mr. Mills can be contacted at 818-980-8000 or smills@beverlygarland.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.