Podcast: Insider Tips for Running a Convention-Center Hotel (Episode 62)

Michael Stengel, senior vice president of Gaylord Hotels for Marriott, shares the latest convention-center trends and the ways he manages more than 8,400 employees.

July 11, 2017, 7:00 AM EDT

Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik
Guest: Michael Stengel

In this episode of GatherGeeks, Beth Kormanik, executive editor of BizBash, and David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, sit down with Michael Stengel, senior vice president of Gaylord Hotels and Convention Strategy for Marriott International. Stengel discusses design trends in convention center hotels, how hotels can show their creativity, and why planners of large meetings and conventions need to lock in their venues early. Stengel shares insights based on decades of management experience, from the importance of taking care of your employees, how general managers can get involved in the local community, and how accommodating part-time employees’ schedules leads to better retention. He also shares details about two Gaylord properties under development, one near Denver and the other near San Diego. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who runs—or works with—a venue or convention center.

Sponsored by BizBash Live: Los Angeles. Running time 29:56.

Show Notes

In This Episode: 

  • Roundtable Discussion [02:21]: how ballroom design has changed; why Gaylord has become known for its entertainment; the latest trends in the convention marketplace

Coming Soon to GatherGeeks:

  • Strategic Agency Minding Your Business on How to Rethink Events and Meetings
  • Event Veteran Michael Cerbelli on How to Reinvent Your Career

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