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Mr. Reagoso

Edward Reagoso

General Manager, The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Edward Reagoso is a member of the ownership as well as the General Manager of The Wilshire Grand Hotel - a boutique hotel in West Orange, NJ. The Wilshire Grand Hotel boasts more than twenty thousand square feet of upscale banquet space, a complimentary full breakfast, state of the art WIFI and VOIP. The hotel also serves as home to the Zagat-Rated Primavera Restaurant & Bar, American Yoga Academy, and Jason Craig Entertainment, allowing clients one-stop shopping during their stay. Mr. Reagoso's interpersonal and managing skills were developed early in his career as an assistant manager for Omni Hotels in what was their “Classic” Division in their early years in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Princeton, New Jersey. Having gained invaluable experience of a proficient systems & controls execution, Mr. Reagoso switched gears and went to work Prime Hospitality, knowing they were a sales- driven company that would teach him the sales process. With Mr. Reagoso's next opportunity came the promise of experience in brand change, conversion, and his first chance at multi-unit management including brands such as Sheraton, Courtyard, Holiday Inn, and three boutique projects that led him to Gettysburg, Philadelphia (where he was born & raised) and Wilmington, Delaware. It also presented him the opportunity to meet with hotel customers again and work directly with private owners. From this point until his tenure at The Wilshire Grand Hotel, Mr. Reagoso served as Regional Manager of Operations for Innkeepers Hospitality working with brands such as Residence Inn, Hampton, & Courtyard, and as Regional Vice President for Prime Hospitality with the AmeriSuites and Wellesley brands. Mr. Reagoso decided in 2007 to join the ownership in West Orange, New Jersey and has been building his business enjoying life while breaking records.

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

Mr. Reagoso can be contacted at 862-252-8440 or er@thewilshiregrandhotel.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.