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Mr. Speranza

Frank Speranza

President, Hospitality Talent Scouts Executive Search

Frank Speranza is President of New York City based Hospitality Talent Scouts Executive Search. In 2005, Mr. Speranza, then Vice President of Operations with Interstate Hotels and Resorts, announced his plans to leave Interstate after 10 years to start Hospitality Talent Scouts, Inc. (HTS). Mr. Speranza credits his successful hospitality career with his ability to hire the right people for the right positions at the right time. His belief that there is a tremendous need for a timely, cost-effective source of talented, qualified people in the hospitality industry, and a lack of qualified people to provide this source, inspired him to launch HTS. Mr. Speranza began his 10-year career with Interstate as General Manager of the Somerset Marriott in Somerset, New Jersey. He originally joined Interstate with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts, which merged with Interstate Hotels in 2002. Mr. Speranza spent the last 5 years of his career with Interstate as an Operational Vice President, overseeing portfolios of branded and upscale independent hotels, including those in Toronto, New York City, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and other major U.S. cities. His portfolio sizes ranged from 15 to 26 hotels each. In his span of time with Interstate, he was affiliated with 70 different hotels in 30 different markets. Prior to joining Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Mr. Speranza spent 10 years directly working in New York City hotels. His positions included General Manager of The Kimberly Suites Hotel, Resident Manager of Hilton's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, Opening Executive Assistant General Manager of The Macklowe Hotel and Conference Center, now known as The Millennium Broadway Hotel and Conference Center, and Rooms Division Manager of Hilton International's New York Vista Hotel at The World Trade Center, later known as The Marriott World Trade Center before its destruction in 2001.

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

Mr. Speranza can be contacted at 212-564-3334 or fms@hospitalitytalentscouts.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.