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Mr. Catrett

Jeffrey Catrett

Dean, Kendall College Les Roches School of Hospitality Management

Jeffrey Catrett joined Kendall College as Dean of the Les Roches School of Hospitality Management and dean of the School of Business in 2006. His professional experience in hospitality and hospitality education spans 25 years and four continents - North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. After a ten-year management career in hotel operations, with companies such as Omni International and Swiss^otel, Mr. Catrett turned his attention to academics in 1989. Prior to joining Kendall College, Mr. Catrett served as dean at the Ecole h^oteli`ere de Lausanne (2000-2005) and dean of Academics at the original Les Roches Swiss Hotel Association School of Hotel Management (1992-1995), in Bluche, Switzerland. He is a frequent speaker and consultant, both nationally and internationally, on curriculum development, hospitality trends, hospitality information technology and strategic management. Mr. Catrett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and a Master of Management in Hospitality from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He has published articles in several major hospitality texts and journals including the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly and the Surrey Quarterly. Mr. Catrett is also a member of the Cornell Hotel Society and the International Council of on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Association (ICHRIE).

Mr. Catrett can be contacted at 312-752-2418 or jcatrett@kendall.edu

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.