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Mr. Meadows

Gary Meadows

President, HCI Architecture, Inc.

Gary C. Meadows, AIA, President of HCI Design, Incorporated has been responsible for management of Architectural services for HCI since 1995, thus enabling HCI to offer “in-house” comprehensive design services. His employment history also includes eleven years as Architectural Design Coordinator for a major design-build firm and experience dating to 1980 in the New Orleans marketplace. Mr. Meadows is the Architect for the St. Thomas Hope VI Housing Redevelopment, the Marriott Residence Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Cotton Mill Apartments, and the American Can Apartments all in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Blackstone Courtyard by Marriott in Ft. Worth, Texas; the Humble Courtyard, Residence Inn and Apartments in Houston, Texas; the Courtyard by Marriott in Omaha, Nebraska; the Renaissance Suites Hotel and the Merchandise Mart Apartments in St. Louis, Missouri and numerous other commercial and industrial facilities. Mr Meadows holds a Bachelor of Architecture, 1979, Louisiana State University and is affiliated with: American Institute of Architects
Registered in the State of Louisiana (Reg. No. 2900)
Registered in the State of Texas (Reg. No. 15680)
Registered in the State of Nebraska (Reg. No. A-2757)
Registered in the State of Missouri (Reg. No. 8008-A)
Registered in the State of Mississippi (Reg. No. 3454)
National Council of Architectural Registration (NCARB No. 34,825)
Member, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Mr. Meadows can be contacted at 504-566-0204 or gmeadows@hriproperties.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.