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Ms. Dobney

Angie Dobney

Vice President of Pricing & Revenue Management Services, Rainmaker Group

Angie Dobney was named Vice President of Pricing and Revenue Management Services for The Rainmaker Group in July 2014. Based out of Rainmaker's Las Vegas office, Ms. Dobney is responsible for leading and managing a tight-knit team that offers traditional hotel and casino-hotel properties a wide range of services, including helping uncover new revenue opportunities, temporary revenue management staffing, as well as hiring and training new revenue management hires. For new Rainmaker customers, Ms. Dobney and her team can serve as a de facto revenue management service - helping to set, guide and execute a property's strategies. The service was created to assist traditional hotel and casino-hotel properties in the often-difficult task of finding and hiring experienced revenue management professionals. Ms. Dobney's team is not limiting its services to Rainmaker customers only. Her long-range plan is to provide a diversity of services to companies of all sizes, including managing all distribution partners, corporate strategic assessments, and fine-tuning a property's wholesale or OTA partners. The hospitality/revenue management executive, respected consultant, and longtime Rainmaker customer began her professional career in hotel operations. From 1998-2004, she held positions in sales and account management for leading software companies, including Springer-Miller Systems and Newmarket International. Ms. Dobney began her revenue management career with Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, in the spring of 2004. After a nearly seven-year stint as Hard Rock's executive director of revenue management, she joined Station Casinos as its corporate director of revenue management. Most recently, she was president and lead consultant of The Dobney Group, a Las Vegas-based hospitality consulting company. Ms. Dobney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and earned Mentor of the Year Award in 2007. She is actively involved with her alma mater, currently serving as a guest lecturer.

Ms. Dobney can be contacted at 702-580-5355 or angie.dobney@letitrain.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.