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Ms. McKeon

Heather McKeon

Interior Design/Studio Director, The Kraemer Group

In 2005 Heather McKeon published a list of personal goals that included the goal to join an Architectural and Design firm that was revitalizing the city of Detroit. Ms. Mckeon realized that goal that same year she joined Kraemer Design Group after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Anderson University in South Carolina. Professional goals have driven Ms. Mckeon over the years to complete her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and transition into the Director position of the Interior Design team. As the Director of Interiors she is responsible for the all facets of the Professional Interior Design services the firm offers including interior design and procurement services. As the Director of Interiors she plays a lead role in attracting new clients, developing design concepts and collaborating with others to deliver solutions consistent with the client organization's culture, goals and budget. Ms. McKeon leads a team of designers and project managers that speak the language of the client in a meaningful and insightful manner and work to integrate interior, architectural and graphic design into a cohesive solution. Her collective team, comprised of about fifty percent of the professional staff of the firm. It is responsible for development of functional and aesthetic design that helps boost productivity, increase sales, attract customers, or to enhance the living space of the interior of hospitality project, and for multi-family residential and commercial buildings based on client needs.

Ms. McKeon can be contacted at 313-965-3399 or heather@thekraemeredge.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.