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Mr. McBride

Pat McBride

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The McBride Company

As founder and chief executive officer of The McBride Company, a creative concept and design firm, Pat McBride has guided the firm over the past 30 years to become one of the preeminent privately held design firms in the hospitality and leisure industries. In this role, he oversees the firm's key projects and manages relationships with clients, including Margaritaville, Simon Property Group, Pyramid Management Group, and Wyndham. Focused on ensuring The McBride Company continues to deliver on its reputation for design innovation, Mr. McBride is committed to mentoring the firm's talent and instilling in every employee the values expected from a family-owned and operated firm. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, conceptual design, architectural design and interior design. Mr. McBride brings unique insights to every project from his experience in the music industry. He's performed in a successful rock band - New Colony Six - that produced two national hit singles; owned a publishing company - Sanctuary Music - that was later sold to United Artists; and owned a recording studio that has produced soundtracks for many of the country's top entertainment destinations and top-selling children's records. Mr. McBride is a sought after speaker at hospitality and leisure industry related events, including conferences and seminars hosted by International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Throughout his career, he's provided leaders with valuable predictions of where the industry is headed. He's also appeared on CNN and in the pages of Newsweek, USA Today and the Robb Report. Mr. McBride studied music and theater at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He sits on the board of directors of the Dorset Theatre Festival. He currently resides in Dorset, Vermont with his wife and sons.

Please visit www.mcbridedesign.com for more information.

Mr. McBride can be contacted at 802-362-0700 or pat@mcbridedesign.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.