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Mr. Brunetti

Vince Brunetti

Exec. Assistant Manager / F&B Director, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Originally from Michigan, the northern suburbs of Detroit, Vince Brunetti's career in the hospitality industry began with the family business. With three family-owned and operated restaurants in the Detroit area, Mr. Brunetti's innate talent and occupational destiny were both preordained. Mr. Brunetti attended the Institute of Hotel & Motel Association, a Michigan State hotel program, and furthered his studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Shortly after moving to New Jersey, Mr. Brunetti was tapped by the Trump organization for the Trump Marina Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, where he held various food and beverage positions during his six year tenure. In 1991, he joined Merv Griffin Resorts Hotel & Casino, where he managed the VIP players clubs as well as two restaurants. In 1995, Mr. Brunetti marked the beginning of his career with Hyatt, accepting a position as Beverage Manager at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. He transferred to the Hyatt Regency Princeton as Banquet Manager in 1997, and he was promoted to Director of Outlets at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach in 1999. With measurable successes under his belt, Mr. Brunetti was again promoted in 2002 to Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Opportunities took him back to Southern California, where, in 2004, he was promoted to Assistant Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. In 2005, Mr. Brunetti further advanced, becoming Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. In 2008, Mr. Brunetti gladly accepted the position of Executive Assistant Manager - Food & Beverage Director at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. At the 1,229 room resort, Mr. Brunetti oversees all food and beverage operations, including five restaurants and lounges, and a team of 240 employees. From the elegance of a Hawaiian-inspired steakhouse concept at The Colony to the inspired Italian-Asian fusion at Ciao Mein, Mr. Brunetti takes pride in offering an eclectic array of flavorful cuisines paired with authentic hospitality and service. Encouraging innovation and creativity in his team has resulted in inventive new items such as Torched Sushi and house-infused vodkas featuring tropical ingredients. Dedicated to offering an excellent value to guests of the Waikiki resort, Mr. Brunetti has been instrumental in introducing economically-sensitive prix-fixe menus, “Sunset Hour” specials, and customizable and affordable in-room dining offerings. In 2011, Mr. Brunetti oversaw the transformation of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach's entire food and beverage program with the introduction of two new restaurants, Shor American Seafood Grill, and Japengo, A Pacific Rim Restaurant and Sushi Bar, as well as a new poolside lounge and bar, Swim, and new Regency Club product.

Mr. Brunetti can be contacted at 808-237-6104 or vincent.brunetti@hyatt.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.