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Mr. Hipsh

Dale Hipsh

Senior Director for Hotel Operations, Hard Rock International

As Senior Director of Hotel Operations for Hard Rock International, Dale Hipsh guides the development of operations for the company's most significant hotel and casino properties. Currently assigned to the completion and opening of the brand's first European hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in Playa d'en Bossa, Spain, and an upcoming project in Shenzhen, China, Mr. Hipsch's specialty is to guide large, complex projects with large staff, often in multiple locations. Mr. Hipsh's career of 25 years in casino and hotel management began with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts and has included assignments with many industry leaders, including Sun International and its massive Atlantis casino and resort complex on Paradise Island, The Bahamas. He has held various positions with both the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a division of Marriott Corporation, and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. As Vice President of Operations for Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Mr. Hipsh guided the simultaneous 2004 openings of two of the world's most successful casino complexes. At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, he was responsible for pre-opening and grand opening hotel operations for the 500-room property, as well as food and beverage operations for six restaurants, set up of catering and convention services, special events and facilities operations. During the grand opening project, Mr. Hipsh managed a staff of 1,200 team members. While Chief Operating Officer of Pearl River Resort, one of the largest gaming operations in the Southern United States, Mr. Hipch guided this mega complex through the turbulent financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Mr. Hipsh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Dale divides his time between the Caribbean and Florida, where he has a home in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to his distinguished hotel industry career, Mr. Hipsh is an investor/advisor in notable restaurant properties in South Florida. He also believes strongly in giving back to the community and is active in several nonprofit organizations, including GLAAD, The Red Cross, WHY and Relief Beads. Just for fun, he likes to explore the unique cultures of the areas he is assigned for new project development

Mr. Hipsh can be contacted at 888-832-7155 or Dale_Hipsh@hardrock.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.