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Mr. Mattler

Bob Mattler

Managing Director, Pace Equity

Bob Mattler joined PACE Equity in 2015 and is Managing Director of Michigan. PACE Equity is the leading national turnkey PACE project developer and funder in the country. PACE Equity is also the leader in utilizing PACE in hospitality projects. Bob's passion and practice involves assisting a wide variety of developers and building owners to access PACE financing. His current projects include a ground up construction senior living center, adaptive reuse of an old industrial building and a major infrastructure upgrade of a large hospital. As a new economic development tool in Michigan, Bob is helping to open PACE financing to a variety of asset classes, for profit and non-profit entities, bankers, lawyers, brokers and the Michigan commercial real estate industry in general. Combining real property legal skills, commercial real estate brokerage experience and almost ten years of involvement with the local chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and its green LEED certification, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is the means to which Bob helps property owners and developers achieve their property business objectives. Among the highlights of his professional career of helping commercial property owners add value to their buildings includes almost twenty five years as an attorney, property tax consultant and leasing specialist with a boutique retail brokerage firm in the metropolitan Detroit area. Much of Bob's recent interaction with the commercial real estate community in Michigan has been to illustrate the business case for maintaining more efficient buildings which leads to a more valuable real estate investment. Information on this new economic development tool is now available in 30+ states and DC.

Please visit http://www.pace-equity.com for more information.

Mr. Mattler can be contacted at 248-762-4370 or bmattler@pace-equity.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.