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Continued from page 23 ❏ Summary of other rights of cancellation without liability including construction/renovation, change in hotel management company, and reduction in hotel facilities or services. Liability ❏ Requirements for indemnification provision protecting the group against the negligence of hotel, its employees and contractors. ❏ Obligation on the hotel to provide group with detail of its insurance arrangements. Compliance with Laws #spotlight ❏ Summary of each party's obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act including hotel's obligation as it relates to compliance in guest rooms and public areas and group's obligations as to programming in function space. ❏ Requirement of hotel providing verification of its compliance with local fire, safety and health department codes. So as you are dusting off and updating your group's RFP, consider the key items noted above and including them in your group's "clean" RFP. Remember, in negotiations, if you don't ask, you don't get so use the RFP to communicate all items you are seeking in your group's next contract. @ Barbara Dunn is a partner with the Association and Foundations Practice Group at Barnes & Thornburg. Barbara can be reached at (312) 214-4837 or barbara.dunn@btlaw.com. This article should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own lawyer on any specific legal questions you may have concerning your situation. MPIGNY TALKS WITH PATRICK COLOMER PATRICK COLOMER SENIOR NATIONAL SALES MANAGER CROWNE PLAZA TIMES SQUARE Tell us a little about yourself, your career and current position? Growing up in Orlando and attending college in Jacksonville, the state of Florida will always hold a special place in my heart. I left my home state about five years ago to begin my career at The Greenbrier, a luxury destination resort located in West Virginia. At "America's Resort," I learned the industry from the ground up, starting out as an EMM and working my way up to National Sales Manager, where I was managing the Northeast market for the property. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn the intricacies of our industry at such a legendary resort and the tons of free golf didn't hurt either! I moved to New York City in 2011 and am currently employed by Highgate Hotels as a Senior National Sales Manager representing Crowne Plaza Times Square. I manage the financial, insurance, accounting, consulting and legal group markets for the 795 hotel in Times Square. Why did you decide to join MPIGNY? I joined MPI because I knew that I wanted to continue to cultivate my professional relationships in the city and there's no better way to do so than to be active in our chapter. As a sales professional in this industry, I consider relationships to truly be the lifeblood of what we do on a day-to-day basis. With that said, I feel like MPIGNY provides me with an avenue to network with various clients in a comfortable forum that benefits everyone involved. But, it's just like anything else in life, in that you get out what you put into it, so I try to stay active and attend as many events as I possibly can. How long have you been a member? I've been a member of MPIGNY since 2010. I used to come up to NYC pretty often on sales calls and would schedule my trips around chapter events. I do have to give a shout out to Matt Davis from Grass Roots as, early on, he was instrumental in introducing 24 @MPIGNY SPRING 2014 me to several people which made me feel very welcome within the chapter. What committee are you on and what is your role? I am on the Golf Committee, and I have the privilege of being the chairperson for this year's event. The MPIGNY Destination Quebec Golf Outing will take place on Wednesday, July 23, at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, N.Y. I wouldn't be a good chairperson if I didn't tell you that we still have a few sponsorships opportunities available and are now accepting player registration forms, too. What is your favourite part of being part of MPIGNY? Honestly, I'd have to say the people. In the last four years, I've met so many of my colleagues within the industry that are so talented, successful and generous that it pushes me to be a better person each and every day. And, the fact of the matter is, most of those people, one way or another, have somehow been affiliated with MPIGNY throughout their careers. What is your greatest source of job satisfaction? I find the greatest satisfaction in just knowing I'm progressing in a positive direction towards achieving my long-term career goals. I still wake up every day feeling fortunate to live in the greatest city in the world while having the opportunity to do something that I have a true passion for. What are your hobbies and what do you do in your spare time? My hobbies include going to the gym, watching entirely too many sports, reading the occasional book (when I want to feel smart), going to concerts and just experiencing everything that this city has to offer. I travel back to Jacksonville Beach a few times a year, so it's nice to catch up with old friends and experience beach life again for a few days. And, just like everyone else, family is very important to me so having the opportunity to hang out with them whenever I can is a real treat for me as well. @

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring 2014

Ask the Board
President’s Message
Speaking the Language of Sustainability
11 Delivering the ‘green’ at AIBTM 2014
IMEX America’s Sustainability Efforts: Greenhouses, Gardens and Growing Commitments
A CSR Preview of MPI’S WEC 2014
Greening Trends: Meeting Planners ‘go Local’ to Drive Down Costs
Sustainability at Caneel Bay Resort
Let’s Get Physical: Team Building for the Active Attendee
Delta Force
Mpigny’s Engaging Evening
Legal Review
Member Spotlight
Fitness Focus
Notes From the Field
Asheville CVB Injects Unique Destination Flare Into Meetings
History Comes Alive in Boston
New Members
Advertiser’s Index

@MPIGNY - Spring 2014