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Mr. Foliot

David Foliot

Vice President, Hospitality, Foliot Furniture

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, David Foliot is vice president of the hospitality division of Foliot Furniture. His interest in the company initially sparked at the tender age of eight, when he accompanied his father to meetings with clients and suppliers. When he was old enough to begin working, his choice of workplace was obvious. He spent the next six summers working in the factory while quickly rising through the ranks. Majoring in Management at the University of Quebec in Montreal further prepared him for a future with Foliot Furniture. Throughout his career, Mr. Foliot has made it a point to touch every aspect of the company, be it in sales, planning, or on the road as a sales representative. His experience with multiple facets of the company has not only made him an invaluable asset but has also ensured that his expertise is well rounded. During his tenure with the hospitality division, Mr. Foliot recognized the opportunity for Foliot Furniture to grow within the hotel industry. He helped pioneer the use of laminates for furniture in major hotel chains, including Holiday Inn and Hilton's Hampton Hotels. While building a team of dedicated and competent employees, establishing a strategic sales plan, and investing countless hours in research and development, he has been instrumental in driving growth and increasing sales. As Foliot Furniture continues to position itself as the premier manufacturer and vendor of laminate furniture in the hospitality industry, Mr. Foliot is more focused than ever on building upon past successes while expanding to additional hotel chains.

Mr. Foliot can be contacted at 702-277-4365 or david@foliot.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.