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Mr. Jacobs

Stephen Jacobs

President & Founder, Stephen B. Jacobs Group P.C.

As a founder and president of The Stephen B. Jacobs Group, Stephen Jacobs sets the benchmark for the quality of design for which the firm is noted. He takes a hands-on interest in all the firm's commissions, establishing the design direction and personally guiding the staff to ensure that the finished project meets the client's needs.

Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Jacobs was employed at Whittlesey, Conklin and Rossant, where he was a designer and planner on several large-scale projects, including the development of the planned community of Reston, VA. Mr. Jacobs earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Pratt Institute in 1963 and 1965, respectively. An early advocate of using obsolete buildings as a housing resource, his "sensitive renovation" projects have become textbook examples of how to develop the highest economic potential of an existing building while, at the same time, preserving its architectural and historic significance.

In the past decade, Mr. Jacobs, along with Andi Pepper, his frequent collaborator and affiliate interior designer, have become one of the most sought-after teams in hospitality industry. Their super-hip designs for The Library and Giraffe Hotels, followed by the stunning success of the Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District in New York, has led to tremendous recognition in the national press, as well as to more commissions throughout North America.

In addition to his professional practice, Mr. Jacobs lectures extensively on architectural design and preservation subjects. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at Columbia University, City College, New York Institute of Technology, the Real Estate Institute of New York University and the Pratt Institute. He has won many awards and been the recipient of many honors in real estate, construction and design.

Registered Architect: California, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, NCARB Certified.

Professional Planner: New Jersey.

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

Mr. Jacobs can be contacted at 212-421-3712 or contactus@sbjgroup.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.