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Mr. Sheets

Warren Sheets

President, Warren Sheets Design, Inc.

Warren Sheets, the president of San Francisco-based Design, Inc. (WSD) has overseen WSD for nearly 30 years, accruing a diverse portfolio of high-end residential and commercial projects located across the country, including New York, Palm Beach, Chicago, Palm Springs, La Jolla and Beverly Hills. With decades of experience and training, Sheets has orchestrated many creative successes, earning international recognition and marquee clients - from luxury homes to posh hotels to exclusive private country clubs. A sampling of his company's completed projects include: San Diego's Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond Grand Del Mar Resort and its critically acclaimed signature restaurant, Addison; an historic lodge, as well as a collection of 43 custom homes at Kootenai Estates in Montana; an antique car salon and museum in Florida; The Vintage and The Eldorado Country Clubs in Indian Wells, California and The Grande Colonial, a historic hotel in La Jolla California. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Sheets originally stoked his creative spirit while studying theater arts and direction at UCLA, launching a community theater group, and producing and directing musicals. He later earned an associate's degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In 1984, he opened a Los Angeles design studio on Melrose Avenue; and in 1995, moved Warren Sheets Design and its staff to San Francisco. Mr. Sheets is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America, The California Historical Society and San Francisco Coalition for Responsible Growth (SRG).

Mr. Sheets can be contacted at 415-626-2320 or info@warrensheetsdesign.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.