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Mr. Py

Danny Py

Corporate Director of Food & Beverage Quality, Kessler Collection

Captivated by The Kessler Collection for its artistic spirit and diverse offerings, Danny Py serves as the corporate director of food and beverage quality, where he has enriched The Kessler Collection's culinary offerings. Mr. Py is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and processes within the food and beverage department for all Kessler properties, in addition to overseeing all kitchen design concepts and providing the teams with the right tools to increase productivity within The Kessler Collection's 12 individual, boutique hotels. Joining the Kessler Collection in 2012, Mr. Py brings more than 24 years of hospitality food and beverage experience. Mr. Py gained noteworthy experience while working in restaurant construction and construction management and layout. Mr. Py also served as a restaurant manager in the Caribbean, expanding his palate to the tropical flavors. Utilizing his experience as restaurant manager, Mr. Py opened his own restaurant furthering his food and beverage knowledge. In addition, Mr. Py gained meaningful experience in his role as a multi-unit manager and general manager.

Mr. Py can be contacted at 407-996-9999 or danny.py@kesslercollection.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.