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Mr. Bobb

Steve Bobb

Executive Officer, Oregon Surveillance Network

Steve Bobb has been in Indian Gaming since 1995 his sixteen year career has been with the Security and Surveillance Departments. He has experience in starting up operations as well as very large additions and remodels. Over the years Mr. Bobb has capitalizes on many training opportunities which has prepared him to deal with the difficult challenges that face the gaming industry today. Mr. Bobb is also the current Executive Office of the Oregon Surveillance Network. This network of Security and Surveillance professionals is made up of approximately 650 subscribers around the world. Mr. Bobb has been Director of Surveillance for Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon since 2004. He is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, which owns and operates Spirit Mountain Gaming, Inc.; the state's largest casino with 1,800 slot machines, multiple table games, a 254-room lodge, four restaurants, an event center and nightclub. Mr. Bobb oversees a staff of 21 employees in a state-of-the-art 6,000-square foot surveillance center that he designed and supervises and has been a model facility for other casinos to emulate. In addition to his current position, Mr. Bobb is a highly-respected consultant and authority within the security industry and has spoken at regional seminars, conferences and luncheons; in addition to contributing several articles on casino and hotel surveillance techniques.

Mr. Bobb can be contacted at 503-879-3700 or steve.bobb@spiritmtn.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.