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Mr. Olsen

Derek Olsen

Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick

Derek Olsen, is a Senior Vice President of CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm. Mr. Olsen brings more than 20 years' hospitality advisory and asset management experience and a master's degree in real estate to CHMWarnick. Olsen brings expertise in the areas of hotel/portfolio valuation, cash flow analyses, market and industry trends and special projects focused on increasing profitability. Mr. Olsen is an integral member of CHMWarnick's asset management and transaction team, and has personally underwritten more than 300 hotel acquisition deals, many representing complex transactions with significant development and reprogramming elements. Mr. Olsen has extensive financial modeling and valuation experience, and has identified significant value enhancement opportunities through operational initiatives, lease negotiations and redevelopment strategies. His experience spans a broad range of land uses including hotels and resorts, luxury condominiums, condo-hotels, fractional, time-share, whole-ownership residences and golf courses. He has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Please visit https://www.CHMWarnick.com for more information.

Mr. Olsen can be contacted at 978-522-7000 or dolsen@chmwarnick.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.