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Mr. Hoffman

Bill Hoffman

President/CEO, Trigild

Bill Hoffman is President and CEO of Trigild Inc., a real estate services firm specializing in commercial loan recovery, receivership/bankruptcy, consulting services and asset and property management. He has over 30 years experience as an attorney, real estate broker and court appointed receiver for more than 2,000 assets, including hotels, office buildings, retail centers, multifamily projects and restaurants nationwide. One of the most respected experts on receivership law in the industry, Hoffman helped found San Diego-based Trigild as a hotel management firm in 1976. Today, the business continues to grow, with properties in all sectors nationwide. Mr. Hoffman is recognized by the American Hotel and Lodging Association as a Certified Hotel Administrator. He is a former President of the California Lodging Industry Association, served seven years on CLIA's Board of Directors and was previously appointed by the Governor of California to the California Tourism Selection Committee. Currently, he serves on the American Bar Association's Hotels, Resorts & Tourism Executive Committee and is a founding Director of the Hospitality Lawyers Association, Mr. Hoffman is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, American Lodging & Hospitality Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, and numerous other professional associations. Mr. Hoffman has authored more than one hundred articles for various hospitality, real estate, business, finance, and general publications. He is a frequent lecturer at conferences and conventions for hoteliers, bankers, and lawyers, and has been interviewed by national publications such as National Real Estate Investor, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Real Estate Forum, GlobeSt.com and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Hoffman's unique blend of expertise in management, law, and real estate has led State and Federal Courts to appoint him as Receiver, Trustee or Custodian for troubled real estate assets across North America. Recently, in a landmark case that opened the door for substantial boosts in commercial loan recover for lenders, an Arizona Superior Court issued a ruling enabling Trigild to sell seven Arizona apartment complexes for $123 million. According to Hoffman, who acted on Trigild's behalf as receiver, “Trigild and lender's counsel won the authority to sell the properties during receivership and not require the lender to foreclose prior to a sale. This was unprecedented, and a major victory for special services.” Additionally, each year his company sponsors the annual Trigild Lender Conference, the distressed commercial loan industry's premier symposium for insight on dealing with non-performing loan portfolios.

Mr. Hoffman can be contacted at 858-720-6700 or bill.hoffman@trigild.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.