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Mr. Meadows

Gary Meadows

President, HCI Architecture, Inc.

Gary C. Meadows, AIA, President of HCI Design, Incorporated has been responsible for management of Architectural services for HCI since 1995, thus enabling HCI to offer “in-house” comprehensive design services. His employment history also includes eleven years as Architectural Design Coordinator for a major design-build firm and experience dating to 1980 in the New Orleans marketplace. Mr. Meadows is the Architect for the St. Thomas Hope VI Housing Redevelopment, the Marriott Residence Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Cotton Mill Apartments, and the American Can Apartments all in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Blackstone Courtyard by Marriott in Ft. Worth, Texas; the Humble Courtyard, Residence Inn and Apartments in Houston, Texas; the Courtyard by Marriott in Omaha, Nebraska; the Renaissance Suites Hotel and the Merchandise Mart Apartments in St. Louis, Missouri and numerous other commercial and industrial facilities. Mr Meadows holds a Bachelor of Architecture, 1979, Louisiana State University and is affiliated with: American Institute of Architects
Registered in the State of Louisiana (Reg. No. 2900)
Registered in the State of Texas (Reg. No. 15680)
Registered in the State of Nebraska (Reg. No. A-2757)
Registered in the State of Missouri (Reg. No. 8008-A)
Registered in the State of Mississippi (Reg. No. 3454)
National Council of Architectural Registration (NCARB No. 34,825)
Member, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Mr. Meadows can be contacted at 504.566.0204 or gmeadows@hriproperties.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.