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Mr. Finnegan

Rob Finnegan

President & Owner, FEA Consulting Engineers

Rob Finnegan, PE, started his career in 1976 as a draftsman, and has practiced in Las Vegas ever since. Mr. Finnegan is involved with some of the most unique buildings and systems the city has ever constructed.

FEA Consulting Engineers was founded in 1990 and the firm specializes in providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as well as lighting design services.

Mr. Finnegan's firm specializes in hospitality and entertainment spaces and in 2018 was listed as one of the country's Top 10 Hotel Engineering Firms in the BD+C Giants 300. His recent hospitality projects have included Las Vegas destinations The Cosmopolitan, The Cromwell, TopGolf and World Market Center. Native American resorts have brought his firm all over the country, from Florida and Maine to Washington and San Diego…and everywhere in between!

The firm's current projects include Resorts World Las Vegas, the Wilton Rancheria in Northern California and Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Mr. Finnegan's firm has been able to engineer large venues such as Lions Stadium/Ford Field in Detroit and the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas.

To provide innovation, Mr. Finnegan believes you have to think differently. This is how he consistently increases the benefit to owners concerning performance, reliability, and maintainability of his designs, all while protecting the environment. His past projects reveal a common approach of uncommon designs that continue to provide value to owners and the environment.

Mr. Finnegan is licensed in 15 states and holds membership and governing positions in ASHRAE, Green Buildings Council, Clark County Building Board of Appeals, Tall Building Council, and NFPA, to name a few.

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

Mr. Finnegan can be contacted at +1 702-269-6060 or rfinnegan@fealasvegas.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.