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Mr. McNeill

Andy McNeill

CEO, American Meetings, Inc. (AMI)

Andy McNeill is CEO of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), a world-wide leader in the event marketing and meeting management space. Mr. McNeill is a true veteran of the meetings and event industries, with more than 25 years of experience. His weekly blog is one of the industry's leading blogs, and was recently picked up to provide content to Meetingsnet and the Corporate Meetings Network. He is frequently interviewed for articles by journalist regarding industry trends. Developing meeting strategies is his expertise and his passion. He has assisted firms in the pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare, consumer, sports marketing and investment banking sectors to name a few. After graduation from FSU with a degree in Marketing, Mr. McNeill began his career in the event marketing group at FSU Athletics. Soon after, he spent six years with NSG Corporation as the Senior Vice President leading the sales/marketing for the firm who produced events for 200,000+ attendees annually across the globe. Revenues exceeded 25 million annually. Mr. McNeill and the NSG team worked with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta to produce portions of the Opening Ceremonies. Following NSG, he secured the role as COO at Fanizzi Associates, one of the nation's largest event pharmaceutical firms. There he managed the overall operations of the company who executed over 400 events annually for physicians and internal pharmaceutical clients. Revenues exceeded 40 million a year. In 2002, Mr. McNeill left Fanizzi Associates, and launched AMI with the vision of owning a premiere event marketing and meeting management firm. Since 2002, AMI has grown into a multi-million dollar organization producing hundreds of events annually. AMI has managed programs in 20+ industries for clients such as Novartis, Mars, Cleveland Clinic, J & J, Baxter, Pfizer and Office Depot. The completion of AMI's new state of the art, 5,000 square feet corporate facility, is a crowing accomplishment as AMI enters its decade anniversary in 2012.

Mr. McNeill can be contacted at 954-556-8864 or andy@americanmeetings.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.