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Mr. Heroian

Menze Heroian

Vice President, Tishman Hotels & Realty

Menze Heroian is the Vice President of Tishman Hotels & Realty, a company headquartered in New york and comprised of a diversified staff of experienced real estate, financial and hotel management specialists, and complemented by a technical staff of architects, engineers and construction management professionals. THR typically manages all components of its projects, from feasibility, design, budgeting, financing and development management to ongoing property and asset management. Mr. Heroian began his career with Westin Hotels in 1983 opening three consecutive hotels to include The Westin Copley Place, The Westin Maui and the Walt Disney World Swan, all in food and beverage operations before departing to Las Vegas taking on the position of Director of Food and Beverage at the legendary Caesars Palace. In 1998 he moved back to Orlando as the Director of Catering for the 1200 room Dolphin Hotel located in the heart of Walt Disney World. Starwood Hotels and Resorts acquired the Sheraton brand and Mr. Heroian became the Director of Catering for the Swan and Dolphin, two hotels with accumulated meeting space of over 350,000 sq. ft. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Director of Food and Beverage responsible for the entire food and beverage operation which included Catering, Banquets and 17 outlets. In 2004 he joined the Tishman Hotel Group in his current posiiton. Mr. Heroian currently resides in Orlando, Florida

Mr. Heroian can be contacted at 212-399-3617 or mheroian@tishman.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.