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Mr. Holtzman

Richard Holtzman

Vice President & Managing Director, Montage Kapalua Bay

A seasoned hospitality executive with more than 30 years of experience, Richard “Dick” Holtzman oversees management of all operations for Montage Kapalua Bay. Mr. Holtzman joined the Montage Hotels & Resorts family following his most recent position as senior vice president of Pyramid Hotel Group, where he managed the company's resort portfolio since 2011. Prior to his role at Pyramid, he spent seven years as the President of Kukui'ula Development Company, LLC, (a joint venture of Honolulu based Alexander and Baldwin and Scottsdale based DMB Associates) a 1,000-acre luxury resort and residential community in Poipu on the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Mr. Holtzman's experience also includes roles as president of Grand Bay Hotels and Resorts, which evolved from Carefree Resorts as the luxury division of Wyndham International. He also held management positions at several Westin Hotels including The Arizona Biltmore, The Plaza, The Westin Detroit, and The Westin Peachtree Plaza. Mr. Holtzman is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hospitality Administration. He and his wife Sheila are the proud parents of three grown children. They have recently relocated from Scottsdale, AZ and are thrilled to be back to Hawaii.

Mr. Holtzman can be contacted at 808-662-6600 or dholtzman@montagehotels.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.