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Mr. Cooper

Jeremy Cooper

Director Global Guest Initiatives / Food & Beverage, Starwood Hotel & Resorts

Jeremy Cooper is the Director of Global Guest Initiatives and Food & Beverage for Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Specialty Select Brands (SSB), including Aloft®, Element® and Four Points® by Sheraton. In this role, Cooper is responsible for leading food and beverage program development and execution in North America and international divisions. Prior to joining the Specialty Select Brand team, Cooper served as Associate Director of Food & Beverage for North America Franchise and Owner Services from 2007-2010, leading food and beverage operational support for 250+ properties across the Sheraton®, Westin®, Le Meridien® and The Luxury Collection® brands. Before his positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts World, Inc. Mr. Cooper served as Director of Marketing at ARAMARK Corporation, where he developed retail marketing platforms and field training for B&I, Healthcare and Schools in the U.S., Spain and Chile. He has also served in a variety of Food and Beverage management roles with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and independent hotels in Texas. Mr. Cooper is a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, honing his interest in wine and culinary at Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. He received his Master's in Business Administration from Georgetown University. Jeremy currently resides in New York City.

Mr. Cooper can be contacted at 914-640-8100 or jeremy.cooper@starwoodhotels.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.