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Mr. MacDougall

Jesse MacDougall

Creative Director of Strategy and Brand Development, ICRAVE

As the Creative Director of Strategy and Brand Development at innovation and design studio ICRAVE, Jesse MacDougall has provided creative vision and leadership for projects of all shapes and sizes including building up boutique brands like The Little Beet in New York. He has created roll-out brands for public companies like Hilton and STK. He has also been the driving force behind comprehensive hotel projects like the Sir A'DAM hotel in Amsterdam opening in 2016. Mr. MacDougall has also been responsible for reinventing cancer care delivery for Memorial Sloane Kettering's new patient facilities in NYC. Recently, Mr. MacDougall has been working to master plan new neighborhood developments in Miami and Washington, D.C. His team is also working with one of the world's leading food management companies to identify shifts in higher education and reimagine college campuses for the class of 2030. Previously he was Senior Design at Puccini Group where he led the branding and design of notable hospitality projects. Some of these include the renovation of The Georgian Terrace a historic hotel, restaurant, and residential tower in Midtown Atlanta. Prior to Puccini, he managed store planning and design at global luxury jewelry brand David Yurman. At David Yurman he managed the design and execution of over 100 in-store boutiques, 10 flagship stores, and a handful of multi-million dollar exhibition projects around the world. An expert in strategy, hospitality and experience design, Mr. MacDougall has been interviewed by Wallpaper* and Sleeper Magazine, and has spoken on many Hotel Business and Hospitality Design panels.

Please visit http://www.icrave.com for more information.

Mr. MacDougall can be contacted at 212-929-5657 or jesse@icrave.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.