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Mr. Williams

Court Williams

Chief Executive Officer, HVS Executive Research

Court Williams is Chief Executive Officer of HVS Executive Search based in New York and has over 29 years of retained Hospitality Executive Search experience within the Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel/Leisure industries. He began his career in the restaurant industry after graduating from Cornell's Hotel School gaining operational experience prior to launching a career track in Human Resources with an international restaurant company.

Having gained experience in executive recruitment from the brand side, the desire to work with a broader range of hospitality clients led Mr. Williams to a career in retained executive search beginning in 1990. Mr. Williams has expertise in leading senior hospitality executive searches across all functional areas including Board Director, CEO, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Development, Culinary and Supply Chain. His client base includes private equity firms, hotel management companies, restaurant companies, travel technology brands and leisure venues.

Mr. Williams also leads the global growth strategy for HVS Executive Search and is on the Advisory Board of Shift One. He has been a sought-after speaker and panelist for hospitality industry events as he has enjoyed great success working closely with clients going through an organizational and cultural change, which is a leading topic in the hospitality industry today.

He remains an active Cornell alumnus and is a student coach with Cornell University's Hospitality Leadership Development Institute, as well as The Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management's MBA Marketing program.

Mr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University


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

Mr. Williams can be contacted at +1 516-248-8828 x220 or cwilliams@hvs.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.