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HVEDC Welcomes Robert O. Sanders, Jr., CMP of Hospitality Resource Group to its Board of Directors

The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) announced the appointment of Robert O. Sanders, Jr., Founding Partner and Managing Partner of Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. (HRG), to its Board of Directors.

Sanders has worked for a variety of prestigious, world-renowned companies in the hospitality industry as a management leader in sales, training, marketing and operations. HRG is a vertically integrated group of three companies that provide services to the booming hospitality sector - Event Solutions, Allegis Communications and Strategic Training Solutions.
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HRG’s Robert Sanders At Mount Vernon Career Center Ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting

Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board Members pictured L to R: Claudia Murphy, Thom Kleiner, Edward Cooke, Kevin McGuire, Jamie Schutzer, Allison Madison, Wiley Harrison, Dr. Marsha Gordon, Richard St. Paul, David Singer, Dr. Belinda S. Miles, Diane Atkins, Leonard Townes, Joseph DiCarlo, Michele Green, Robert O. Sanders

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board and staff members from the Mount Vernon Career Center celebrated the Center's new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Officially opened on April 10th at 130 Mount Vernon Avenue, the Mount Vernon Career Center is conveniently located within walking distance of the Mount Vernon West Metro North station to better serve Westchester County residents seeking employment services.

Since opening, the Mount Vernon Career Center has hosted a Talent Shortage Symposium, several Job Recruitment Fairs with local employers, and served numerous job seekers by providing employment counseling, skills assessments, and job-readiness training.

July 20, 2018 HRG Partners with Westfair Communications on Major Business Events

HRG and Westfair Communications, publisher of the Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals and WAG magazine, have developed a partnership to plan and promote a series of major regional business events starting this summer with the Westchester/Fairfield Barracuda Tank awards on Tuesday, August 7th. This first event was created to recognize innovative, fast-growing local businesses that are driving our economy in the greater Westchester/Fairfield County area. Future fall events include Women In Food, Beverage and Hospitality, Westchester Doctors of Distinction awards, Westchester and Fairfield C-Suite awards in October. For more information, please visit or contact HRG at or call us at (914) 761-7111 to review sponsorship opportunities to align your business with these important events.

June 14, 2018 HRG Partners with Guiding Eyes for the Blind on Annual Fundraiser

HRG worked closely in partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind on their annual golf outing and fundraiser on June 14 at Mt. Kisco Country Club. Keynote speaker Eli Manning was on hand again, celebrating his 20th year working with this tremendous organization based in Yorktown Heights NY, to help raise over $200,000 to support their work training and providing guide dogs to people with vision loss.

For more information on Guiding Eyes for the Blind, visit

May 10, 2018 Yankee Great Jim Abbot Inspires Giving at Family Services of Westchester Gala

HRG's Event Solutions team partnered with Family Services of Westchester Gala for their annual gala at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle on Thursday, May 10th.

A sold out crowd enjoyed hearing from FSW Community Service Award Winner Jim Abbott, former NY Yankees pitching star and inspirational speaker.

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October 12, 2017 Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY

HRG's Event Solutions team produced the Westchester County Association Health Tech '17, as over 450 area healthcare leaders, government officials, and private sector executives came together for a full day of presentations and networking.

HRG Event Solutions Produces and Manages 5th Annual HVEDC Event at Culinary Institute

HRG worked in partnership with the Hudson Valley EDC to produce the 5th Annual Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirit Summit on October 12th, 2017, at the Culinary Institute of America last week. Over 400 industry entrepreneurs gathered to hear from one of America's leading wine educators, attend workshops, enjoy samples of fine food and fare, and network with their peers at the nation's center for innovation and education in food and beverage. HRG's Event Solutions provided event management consulting services and support. HRG worked with the HVEDC on event logistics, registration, on-site support and sponsor development.

HRG Event Solutions Supplies United Rentals at Annual National Trade Show

St. Louis, Missouri. HRG has been working with the world's largest equipment rental company for the past 10 years, managing logistics and planning. This year, 289 exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada were on hand for this 3 day conference and trade show.

Robert Sanders featured in Westfair- August, 2017

From a garage to global reach, Hospitality Resource Group marks 20 years
If you ask Hospitality Resource Group founder Robert Sanders the secret of his company’s two decades of success, you’ll get a variety of answers, ranging from the company’s solid business plan to a focus on philanthropy to, frankly, pure luck. But there’s one characteristic that he credits above all else: a focus on forming strong, meaningful relationships.
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Robert Sanders featured in Business Travel Executive magazine- November, 2016

Who Owns the Meeting?
Clear lines of communication and accountability produce greater impact and a better ROI
By: Harvey Chipkin

Robert Sanders, general manager, meetings and events for Ovation Corporate Travel, recently ran a meeting in Atlantic City for 1,000 people. "I was dealing with the creative team, the content team, the F&B team and others," Sanders says. "But what I needed to know was: who makes the decisions? I have to know and sometimes it takes a while to get there. People will say, 'Robert, you are dealing with me' and that's fine, but I have to know: Who will sign the contract? Who will approve the budget? It's a $2 million meeting but I may never interact with the person who makes the decisions so that when I get the opportunity to represent them I want to know where the decisions came from."
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HRG "Cause" For Celebration Holiday Party 2016 Podcast

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Putting Heart Into Hospitality

HRG was featured in this article which covered how we combine a personal approach with a flair for technology. Read more about how we have grown from a startup to become a leader in event management, workforce training solutions and marketing for small businesses in 914 Magazine.

HRG Chairman Featured in 914 Magazine Top 50 Names You Need To Know in Westchester

February 2016- Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. Chairman Robert Sanders was featured in this article in 914 Magazine as one of 50 business leaders you "need to know". The editors recognize this small group of industry "go-to" people, stating "If business success is more about who you know than what you know, look no further. Whether you want to secure business funding, land a big contract, negotiate tricky legal concerns, gain PR assistance or just learn to schmooze like a pro, these are the folks you need in your network." Others recognized in the top 50 included County Executive Rob Astorino, Robert P. Weisz, Louis R. Cappelli, and as many of our long-time colleagues and friends, including Chris O'Callaghan, Jones Lang LaSalle, Natasha Caputo, Westchester County Office of Tourism, Larry Gottlieb, Hudson Valley EDC, Peter X Kelly, Xaviars Restaurant Group, Dan Conte, Westchester Marriott, Cynthia Rubino, White Plains YMCA, William M. Mooney Jr., Westchester County Association, Marsha Gordon, Westchester Business Council, William M. Mooney III, Westchester County Office of Economic Development, Peter Herrero of NY Hospitality Group, John Tolomer of Westchester Bank, and Janet Langsam of the Westchester Arts Council.

HRG's Strategic Training Solutions Partners with Leading Hudson Valley Economic Development Agency on Training

HRG has developed a partnership with the HVEDC on an innovative training initiative offered by the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance to help local entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industries learn how to market their goods and services to larger companies in the hospitality industry. In developing the curriculum, HVEDC is partnering with Hospitality Resource Group, a top hospitality training firm that has created customized programs for large companies such as Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International Hotels and Resorts. Subject content will include culinary operations, sales and marketing, on-premise operations and purchasing, inventory and vendor management, among other important topics. "We look forward to working together with the HVEDC on this exciting project to support small businesses here in the Hudson Valley," said Robert O. Sanders, Jr., CMP, chairman of Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. "As a growing company, we know how important it is to develop real-world business skills, and we are eager to develop the latest generation of promising entrepreneurs." Read Full Announcement

HRG Event Solutions Produces and Manages 3rd Annual HVEDC Event at Culinary Institute

HRG worked in partnership with the Hudson Valley EDC and sponsors to produce the 3rd Annual Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirit Summit on October 14th at the Culinary Institute of America last week. Over 300 industry entrepreneurs gathered to hear from one of America's leading wine educators, attend workshops, enjoy samples of fine food and fare, and network with their peers at the nation's center for innovation and education in food and beverage. HRG's Event Solutions provided event management consulting services and support. HRG worked with the HVEDC on event logistics, registration, on-site support and sponsor development, and attendance and registration increased over 15% from 2014.

HRG Newsletters

February 2019 - Millennials Overtaking Boomers - Considerations for Today's Workplace

January 2019 - Meeting and Event Market Trends and Forecast

December 2018 - Holiday Greetings From HRG!

November 2018 - Cause Marketing and Strategic Philanthropy- Doing Well/Doing Good

October 2018 - Building Respect in a Diverse Workplace- New Law Drives Employers to Take Action

September 2018 - M&E Tech Delivers More Effective Management Resources

May 2018 - Meeting and Event Networking- The Growing Season

April 2018 - Innovative Event Design Concepts- Keeping it Fresh

March 2018 - Event Marketing- Creating Effective Communication and Community Relations

February 2018 - Booming Economy Leads to Workforce Reinvestment

January 2018 - Meeting and Event Market Trends and Forecast

December 2017 - Happy Holidays From HRG

November 2017 - Professional Development: Investing In People Moves Them Forward

October 2017 - In the News- HRG 20 Year Anniversary

September 2017 - What's On Your Fall Event Menu?

August 2017 - End of Summer - Re-energize - Reinvigorate!

July 2017 - Summerizing - Making the Most of Your Downtime

May 2017 - New Tech Drives Event Engagement

April 2017 - Workforce Training- Engagement Driving Professional Development

March 2017 - Celebrating 20 years of success - Thank you!

February 2017 - Event Marketing Strategies- Do Well By Doing Good

January 2017 - Meeting and Event Planning: Year in Review/Year in View

December 2016 - Holiday Greetings From HRG

November 2016 - Holiday Event Networking- A Recipe For Success

October 2016 - Strategic Partnerships-How To Energize Your Growth Plan

September 2016 - The 7 Habits of Hospitality

August 2016 - The Summer Season- Slowdown to Work Smarter

May 2016 - Cultivating a Growth Business

April 2016 - Developing More Effective Meetings

March 2016 - Building Your Relationship and Networking Savvy

February 2016 - Connecting with Clarity: Developing Effective Business Communication

January 2016 - The Road Ahead: Forecasting for Meeting and Event Planners

December 2015 - Holiday Greetings From HRG

November 2015 - Event Management for the Holidays- A Recipe For Success

October 2015 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation- Driving Revenue and Recognition

September 2015 - Venue Negotiations and Planning - How To Create a Winning Proposition

August 2015 - Strategic Event Planning: From Off Season to Post Season

April 2015 - Strategic Event Planning: Gearing Up for a Greater ROI

March 2015 - Communication Skills: March Madness and Marketing

February 2015 - Workforce Matters: Performance Management Bridges Leadership Gap

January 2015 - Looking Ahead: 2015 Futurecast for Event Planners

December 2014 - Recipes For Success In Your Holiday Season

November 2014 - Strategic Event Planning: Partnerships in Action

October 2014 - Cause Marketing Leadership-Allegis Walks the Walk

September 2014 - Back to Work- How to Manage Info Overload

June 2014 - Summer Event Planning: Leaning Forward, Looking Back

May 2014 - Business Communication: How to Connect with Clarity

February 2014 - Big Game Event Planning

January 2014 - A Time for Change - New Year's Business Resolutions That Stick

December 2013 - Recipes for a Successful Holiday Business Event

November 2013 - Companies Invest in Workforce Training and Development

October 2013 - NFP Partnership Events-You're Invited

September 2013 - New Workforce Solutions for Multi-Gen Employers

June 2013 - Innovative Meeting Tech Solutions

May 2013 - Leadership in Action: STS Offers New DiSC Training Solution

April 2013 - STS Responds to Demand for New Training Programs

In the News (Archives)

Corporate & Incentive Travel •

“San Diego gave us everything we needed. It has an environment of elegance and lots of activities such as golf”
Robert Sanders, General Manager, Meetings & Events, Ovation Corporate Travel, NY, NY
December 28, 2012

San Diego- Everybody loves San Diego and for good reason. The city offers a modern and historic downtown, cultural attractions, great dining, hip nightclubs and a complete meetings infrastructure, including the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC). The facility offers a 526,000-sf exhibit hall, 204,000 sf of ballroom and meeting space, and is located within walking distance of more than 11,000 hotel rooms.

The number of new and improved hotel rooms continues to grow. The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa opened in June 2012 with 215 guest rooms and 23,300 sf of indoor and outdoor meeting space. The San Diego Marriott Del Mar Hotel recently completed a $3.3 million renovation of its 284 guest rooms. The project also included upgraded event space, a new concierge lounge and a redesign of Arterra Restaurant. The hotel has more than 12,000 sf of meeting space, including a total of 13 meeting rooms.
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December 18, 2012

With the enormous demand for a workforce with the right skills to meet business needs,  a White Plains firm has been tapped by the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board (WPWIB) to manage the employment and training needs of local businesses and help them obtain grant money.

The hiring of Hospitality Resource Group Inc. is part of the county’s strategy of focusing on different sectors, since each has a different need, said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. The firm, which will manage all six sectors, will be paid $42,500 for the year, with the option to renew the contract for two more years.

“My administration is committed to helping employers find qualified, trained people to fill their jobs,” said Astorino. “However, each sector has different needs. By focusing on each one separately, we maximize results.”
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Robert Sanders Receives Prestigious Award of Excellence from the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC)

IACC Award(White Plains, NY) – May 2011 --At the recent annual conference of the International Association of Conference Centers, IACC Americas President Peter J. Stockmann presented The Award of Excellence to Robert Sanders, Chairman of Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. (HRG) based in White Plains, NY. 

The Award of Excellence

The prestigious Award of Excellence was established ten years ago by the IACC Board of Directors to underscore IACC’s commitment to education and to give heightened recognition and visibility to those individuals who give of their time, talent and resources to expand and enhance IACC’s educational offerings.  To be eligible, an individual must have contributed to this effort for at least two years.

In presenting the award, Stockmann referred to Robert’s creation of IACC’s in-depth Strategic Plans and his work with the Board of Directors to ensure that these plans guided all of IACC’s programs and services. A frequent presenter at IACC Conferences, he also contributed considerable time and resources to conceptualize and create IACC’s first component of the Sales Tool Kit; a webinar that helps sales managers use the benefits of IACC to sell more effectively.

Robert and his company has a tremendous commitment to volunteerism and service to the community, often providing pro-bono event support to local not for profits fundraising activities.  Additionally, Robert is very active in Westchester County community affairs, including Special Events Advisor and former Chapter Chairman of the Westchester Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Board Member of the Westchester County Association. Robert also works with Bridges to Community, leading trips of business executives to Nicaragua to build homes for families in need.

Robert’s company, Hospitality Resource Group, was the recipient of the Business Council of Westchester’s 2009 Entrepreneurial Success Award.  This award recognizes businesses for innovation and growth over time. 


Serious about Hospitality
Hall of Fame winner eyes national stage
Westchester County Business Journal
Published: March 19, 2009

Marsha Gordon has the annual task of making congratulatory phone calls to five inductees to the Westchester County Business Hall of Fame.

Although reactions vary, screaming doesn’t usually ensue.

But it did this year when Robert Sanders Jr. got the call that his company, White Plains-based Hospitality Resource Group Inc. (HRG), won the 2009 Business Hall of Fame award for entrepreneurial success.

Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, held the phone at arm’s length as HRG’s three partners expressed their excitement – loudly – and popped a bottle of champagne.

“That was one of the best reactions we’ve had,” said Patricia Nicolais, director of membership and special events at The Business Council of Westchester. “Most people are very excited, but no group screaming.”

Sanders founded HRG as an event planning company in 1997 from an office in his Mahopac garage. Since then, the company has grown and split into four divisions including event planning (Event Solutions) corporate training (Strategic Training Solutions) marketing, brand management and public relations (Allegis Communications) and event design and décor (iQuest Designs).

White Plains Firm Joins Roster of Distinguished Westchester Businesses
Posted January 30, 2009

WHITE PLAINS, New York. . . . . January 30, 2009:  The Business Council of Westchester announced today that Hospitality Resource Group, Inc. (HRG) is this year’s winner of the Entrepreneurial Success Award and would be inducted into the Westchester Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 22nd, 2009.  This ceremony will take place at the Glen Island Harbor Club, where HRG will be join the ranks of other distinguished businesses in the Westchester community.

“I am very proud and excited by this opportunity and recognition,” said Robert O. Sanders, Jr, CMP, the CEO and founder of HRG.  “This is further recognition of all the great work being done and the strong relationships being built.”

The Entrepreneurial Success Award is awarded annually to a company that began as a small business and has since developed and grown into a larger one.  The criteria used to determine the winning company includes growth and increase in annual sales, innovativeness in our products and services and contribution and commitment to the community.


Q&A for the Corner Office
Westchester County Business Journal
Date posted: December 7, 2008
Having worked as vice president of sales and marketing at Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions and spending 12 years at Marriott Corp., Robert Sanders, founder and CEO of Hospitality Resource Group Inc., provided this week’s executive viewpoint.

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