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Member Spotlight: Brett Kolmetz

Brett Kolmetz, formerly the Government & Association Sales Manager of the Hilton UF Conference Center, was recently appointed to Business Development at Plaza Hotel Suites brand of hotels located in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Hutchinson Island, and Boca Raton. He is also the co- manager of the Paramount Plaza, Gainesville, FL, overseeing the revenue operations of the hotel.

Brett is a 14 year hospitality veteran with experience at several venues, including: Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Marriott/Renaissance, Hyatt, Embassy Suites, and Hilton.

The youngest of six children in a career military family, Brett has his roots firmly planted in Florida as his ancestors settled in Washington County around 1854.

He studied history and humanities at Florida State University, but feels at home in the Gator Swamp. Brett's hobbies include watching college football, fishing, reading, and watching classic movies and TV sitcoms.

New Study Released Demonstrating the Value of Government Meetings

new study conducted by Rockport Analytics for the U.S. Travel Association documents not only how traveling for meetings and conferences is vital to making government more efficient and effective, but how cancelling government participation in key events carries significant costs and undermines important functions of government. 

In addition to this new study, our members should review U.S. Travel’s press release plus the economic impact fact sheet and value of meetings fact sheet. SGMP was pleased to have provided consultation during the development of this study and sincerely thanks our industry partners at U.S. Travel for making this very important project a reality.