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Mr. Pulito

Chris Pulito

Chief Operating Officer, Mirbeau Hospitality Services

Chris Pulito is Chief Operating Officer of Mirbeau Hospitality Services, a specialized hospitality management company that provides management and consulting services for high service hotels, resorts and spas. The company draws upon its 10 years of success with Mirbeau Inn & Spa, the acclaimed spa resort that is consistently rated among the world's best for its hotel, spa and dining experience. It is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the idyllic town of Skaneateles. Mr. Pulito has more than 16 years of luxury hospitality and spa management experience including the Mirbeau Inn & Spa where he previously served as Spa Director and currently serves the dual role of General Manager. Prior to joining Mirbeau, Mr. Pulito was with Four Seasons Hotel New York where he served as Spa Director. He was previously Spa Director at Stoweflake Resort and Spa, joining the Vermont resort in 2002 to open its 50,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, and held the same position earlier at Rockresorts' Avanyu Spa at La Posada in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Pulito launched his career at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Over five years, he served in a variety of roles, including fitness, club and spa director. A graduate of Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont, Pulito received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. He is a member of the New York Spa Alliance and the International Spa Association, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Alliance, a newly formed organization whose stated goal is to bridge the gap between Hotels, Spas and Fitness. Mr. Pulito is a founder of Mirbeau Hospitality Services which offers an array of options for effective management, marketing and operations of special hospitality properties and spas. These include focusing on enhanced business performance, organizational culture, informational systems, personnel development, marketing, training, financial reporting property maintenance, operational performance and asset management. The company also offers design and development services and consultation for every phase of development for new properties, from market analysis and feasibility to concept design and hotel, spa and food and beverage programming. Mirbeau Hospitality Services currently manages the Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Finger Lakes Lodge and is assisting in the design and development of four new resort properties located in Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland and Michigan.

Mr. Pulito can be contacted at cpulito@mirbeau.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.