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Mr. Inman

Gary Inman

Vice President Hospitality, Baskervill

Nationally recognized for his designs that embody innovation and the best of the past, Gary Inman, Allied ASID, has successfully merged his lifelong appreciation of beauty with a deep understanding of architecture and antiquities. As Vice President of Hospitality, Mr. Inman leads the boutique and luxury segments of Baskervill's growing Hotels + Resorts segment. He is an award-winning designer, author, and professional speaker whose work has been published in Boutique Design, Hotel Design, The Washington Post, Southern Accents, Traditional Homes, Fine Interiors, Home & Design and many others and counts eighteen ASID-IIDA awards to his name. The foundation of his design ethos comes from a dynamic interaction with and understanding of his clients. He adds to this his knowledge of historic design solutions garnered from post-graduate degrees in art history & architectural history, an appreciation of fine craftsmanship and lessons learned over more than two decades of practice. A member of The Society of Architectural Historians, The Hospitality Industry Network, and the American Society of Furniture Design, Mr. Inman is also a former High Point Market Style Spotter, editor of The Art of Fine Living, and serves on the board of Southern Innkeepers, America's first lodging association. He recently joined the board of the Bienenstock Furniture Library in High Point, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Textile and Interior Design from UNC Greensboro, Masters of Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was a PhD Candidate in Architectural History at the University of Virginia. This fall, Mr. Inman moderates the panel discussion “Achieving the Local and Authentic in a Global Market” panel discussion at High Point Market's Hospitality at Market.

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

Mr. Inman can be contacted at 803-343-1010 or ginman@baskervill.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.