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Luxury Meetings, Inc.

Our Values

Luxury Meetings, Inc. was built on a promise to ourselves, our families, our employees, and our clients that we would live by the values on which this company was founded.

Our values continue to drive every business decision we make. These values are about the power of creativity, risk-taking, the drive to succeed, a business family, dignity, humility, integrity, and the necessity of having fun.

Our culture is brought to life in four important, everyday operating principles:

  1. People should be treated with respect.
  2. Life should be built upon rewarding and mutually beneficial relationships.
  3. We should give and expect total candor and bone honesty.
  4. The only work worth doing is work that can help influence history.

It is our culture, our character, which makes people passionate about this company.

Our Company History

Creating New Connections and Building Lasting Relationships.  For over a decade the Luxury Meetings has been about bringing North America’s top meeting planners together with the industry’s best hotels, resorts, and destinations in a welcoming social, productive, and fast-paced atmosphere.

Time is ValuableThree Hours vs. Three Days.  What would take three days to achieve at the traditional mega-trade show, planners instead are afforded the guarantee of face-to-face appointments with every supplier in our simple, effective, and time-sensitive three-hour format.

Meet Conveniently.   Each year the Luxury Meetings facilitates its events within 53+ cities across North America.  Luxury Meetings supplier partners travel from near and far to provide meeting buyers with a forum in which they can familiarize themselves with luxury hotel properties and destinations… all in the meeting buyer’s own backyard.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility

The graciousness of so many dedicated professionals who attend the Luxury Meetings extends to helping our company give back to the same communities where we host our events. Each Luxury Meetings LIVE event hosts a silent auction where both planners and suppliers may bid on items provided by each attending hotel/supplier.

It is our goal to raise enough money over the course of the year to sponsor a handful of meeting planners and hoteliers on a special Habitat for Humanity mission trip. This select group of individuals will help build homes in a community located outside of our staple show destinations.

Our People

Jacob Ahrens, Founder | CEO

The graciousness of so many dedicated professionals who attend the Luxury Meetings extends to helping our company give back to the same communities where we host our events. Each Luxury Meetings LIVE event hosts a silent auction where both planners and suppliers may bid on items provided by each attending hotel/supplier.

It is our goal to raise enough money over the course of the year to sponsor a handful of meeting planners and hoteliers on a special Habitat for Humanity mission trip. This select group of individuals will help build homes in a community located outside of our staple show destinations.

Kevin Sanford, Executive Vice President

The graciousness of so many dedicated professionals who attend the Luxury Meetings extends to helping our company give back to the same communities where we host our events. Each Luxury Meetings LIVE event hosts a silent auction where both planners and suppliers may bid on items provided by each attending hotel/supplier.

It is our goal to raise enough money over the course of the year to sponsor a handful of meeting planners and hoteliers on a special Habitat for Humanity mission trip. This select group of individuals will help build homes in a community located outside of our staple show destinations.

Paul Perrino, Executive Vice President

The graciousness of so many dedicated professionals who attend the Luxury Meetings extends to helping our company give back to the same communities where we host our events. Each Luxury Meetings LIVE event hosts a silent auction where both planners and suppliers may bid on items provided by each attending hotel/supplier.

It is our goal to raise enough money over the course of the year to sponsor a handful of meeting planners and hoteliers on a special Habitat for Humanity mission trip. This select group of individuals will help build homes in a community located outside of our staple show destinations.

Carlos Murillo, Global Sales Director

Carlos started his hospitality career in Costa Rica as a Cruise Director and then moved into operations for Loews Coronado Bay Resort in 1996. Over the course of the following years, he was promoted to positions of increased responsibility, including Sales Manager, Executive Meeting Manager, and Major Market Sales Manager. In 2005, he became the National Sales Manager for Pechanga Resort & Casino followed by Director of Sales/Catering for Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino in 2008 and then, in 2011, Director of Sales for Morongo Casino and Resort. In 2013, he was named In Market National Sales Manager for Caesars Entertainment where he handled booking business for over 2 dozen properties nationwide. In this role, he was responsible for selling more than 26 properties throughout the USA. As of Nov. 2018, Carlos decided to move back to a leadership role as Director of Sales & Catering for Viejas Casino & Resort, keeping the true element of group sales in today’s hospitality industry.

Having left Viejas, Carlos decided to come to the “Light” as they say, and became an Independent Meeting Planner with VIP Marketing Services, where he specialized in PESACH (Kosher Passover Groups) until COVID19 hit. Having been working as a planner, gave Carlos a great understanding of both the hotel role and the planner role, the best way to understand our industry and work even better with our clientele: Having a HOLISTIC approach!

Now with Luxury Meetings, Inc, this HOLISTIC approach is on display, how he engages with both our clients from the supplier side and our clients from the meeting planning side. A true expert of hospitality!

Outside of work, Carlos dedicates his time to his family. He and his wife, Lilli, have three children: Jeffrey (26) Notre Dame Graduate and an Architect in Los Angeles; Carla (23) UC Irvine Graduate and now doing her Masters at Utah State University; and Ary (16) an 11th grader at Great Oak High School in Temecula. Having originated from Costa Rica, he returns frequently to spend time with family and friends; he enjoys doing just about anything as long as he is with his family.

Joshua Fields, Event Director

The graciousness of so many dedicated professionals who attend the Luxury Meetings extends to helping our company give back to the same communities where we host our events. Each Luxury Meetings LIVE event hosts a silent auction where both planners and suppliers may bid on items provided by each attending hotel/supplier.

It is our goal to raise enough money over the course of the year to sponsor a handful of meeting planners and hoteliers on a special Habitat for Humanity mission trip. This select group of individuals will help build homes in a community located outside of our staple show destinations.