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Mr. Schwinger

Joe Schwinger

Chief Executive Officer, MeetingPlay

Conceptualizing solutions to challenges is a core value for CEO and co-Founder of MeetingPlay, Joe Schwinger. From an early age, where others saw adversity, Mr. Schwinger crafted solution-based opportunities. This innovative approach to problem-solving, as well as the insider experience Mr. Schwinger has gained through his career in the hospitality and technology industries, have resulted in the premier event technology solutions that MeetingPlay provides.

As the CEO of MeetingPlay, Mr. Schwinger continues to architect solutions to the challenges faced by event and meeting professionals and the events they plan, and he is credited for the holistic approach to event technology that is MeetingPlay's foundation. The event technology solutions MeetingPlay provides for meetings and events of all sizes is attributed to both Mr. Schwinger's tech know-how and his ability to lead and develop a culture of innovative and talented employees committed to success.

A seasoned entrepreneur, before co-founding MeetingPlay in 2011 and beginning to serve as its CEO, Mr. Schwinger built and lead several successful business initiatives. Prior to his entrepreneurial experiences, he was key to developing global e-commerce solutions with individual properties for Marriott International. First, he built the ecommerce organization for the Eastern Region at Marriott, which involved dedicated plans for all full-service hotels in the region. Then he oversaw ecommerce for North America during a reorganization to help build the foundation of ecommerce at Marriott globally. Through his experiences at Marriott, Mr. Schwinger saw what the future of meetings could look like and started his own venture to make that vision a reality.

Mr. Schwinger studied internet and ecommerce strategy at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

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

Mr. Schwinger can be contacted at 877-446-1481 or hello@meetingplay.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.