It’s Tuesday April 12, 2016 and I am back in my luxurious office. I say that because my office is the VIP lounge and conference room but I get to overlook the swimming pool or basketball court. Well I am back to calling these hotels hoping to getting to talk to the sales managers. While I continuously called I still either got voicemail's or sorry they are out of the office responses. So I worked with what I had in front of me and focused mainly on the breakfast that these hotels offered and if they could set up the same breakfast in a conference/banquet room so that they team could eat together in an orderly fashion. The response I received were neither encouraging nor expected. Having worked in the Hotel industry I knew what could be done in order to contribute to an easier time for the team but I was unable to get any cooperation from any of the hotels.
I had a brief meeting with Coach Paul and explained to him what we were facing as far as the breakfast plans from the hotels I had spoken with. He was as disappointed as I was about it and showed me what they had done when they went to Wisconsin for the playoffs. They stayed at a Holiday Inn where they setup the entire breakfast in a conference room and then only charged them a setup fee since the breakfast was included with the room rates. This is mainly what he is looking for with our trip to Utica. So I decided to expand my search to a few miles off of I-90 and found a few more hotels that I could call and get some rates. I spoke with the DoubleTree by Hilton who offered me a comparable rate but here came the biggest obstacle, breakfast. Since we want the team separated they offered us the banquet room to eat in but would charge a setup fee and a $16 dollar plate fee per person. This obviously is not going to work. What I soon found out is that the breakfast is operated by another company and is not complimentary so we would have to pay for each player. So tomorrow my focus is going to be on negotiating a better price if I can and looking at other options for breakfast.