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Mr. Hazinski

Thomas Hazinski

Managing Director, HVS Facililties Consulting

Thomas A. Hazinski is the Managing Director of HVS Convention, Sports, & Entertainment Facilities Consulting in Chicago, Illinois. His consulting practice is dedicated to the market and financial analysis of public assembly facilities, including convention and conference centers, headquarters hotels, sports and event facilities, performing arts venues, tourism attractions, mixed-use developments, and other development initiatives.

Mr. Hazinski has over 25 years of experience in the public policy arena, as both a public official and a consultant. He specializes in providing economic and financial research to public agencies involved in economic development initiatives. Before starting his consulting career, Mr. Hazinski served in several positions for the City of Chicago, including assistant budget director. In this capacity, he managed the City's revenue analysis unit and was responsible for project revenue estimation, legislative review, and fiscal impact analyses. Mr. Hazinski holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Mr. Hazinski has managed over 400 assignments related to the analysis of public assembly facilities and is a widely published industry leader. He is a leading expert on public/private partnerships in hotel development. Tom has helped his clients successfully develop public facilities projects in San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, New York City, Nashville, Baltimore, Raleigh, New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, Fargo, Fort Lauderdale, and many other US markets-large and small. His extensive international experience includes hospitality and mixed-use projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Hazinski has taught a class at Roosevelt University in Chicago on the feasibility study of hospitality and tourism assets.


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

Mr. Hazinski can be contacted at 312-587-9900 x11 or thazinski@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.