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Mr. Slosser

Michael, J. Slosser

Vice President & Managing Director, L'Auberge Del Mar, by Destination Hotels & Resorts

Micahel J. Slosser has an extensive background in hotel and resort operations where he has managed in excess of 15 different assets at the executive level. Over the course of his career, Mr. Slosser has developed, built, renovated and repositioned many properties across the United States. Mr. Slosser has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading owners and business personalities in the industry and operate some of the finest hotels and resorts in the world. Most notably, he worked directly for the former White House Chief of Staff - Mr. H. R. Haldeman, who served President Richard Nixon. In this capacity, Mr. Slosser helped build and develop several world class hospitality assets. Subsequent to these endeavors, Mr. Slosser was responsible for two of the world's finest resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele, where he served as Vice President of Resorts. These two resorts were recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 and #3 ranked golf resorts in the world during his tenure. His experience includes time with Westin Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Hotels Corporation and Stouffer Hotels and Resorts.Other notable experiences include operating the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA for entertainment mogul Merv Griffin, and operating the famed La Costa Resort & Spa located in Carlsbad, CA. For the past 13 years, Mr. Slosser has worked with Destination Hotels & Resorts initially at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado and for the past 11 years at L'Auberge Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, CA. Mr. Slosser engineered the $27M renovation of L'Auberge beginning with the closing of the hotel doors in the fall of 2007 and the grand reopening in June of 2008. Mr. Slosser is most notably recognized for his achievements in fundamentally envisioning, branding, designing and changing hospitality assets and thereby improving the financial performance for investors. Michael Slosser is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration. He attended the university's Hotel and Restaurant Administration program and graduated in December of 1981.

Mr. Slosser can be contacted at 858-259-1515 or mslosser@destinationhotels.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.