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Mr. Brown

Tim Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Meeting Sites Resource

Tim Brown is Chief Executive Officer of Irvine, California based Meeting Sites Resource. MSR is a global strategic meeting management solutions organization with a 20 year track record of meeting excellence. This includes global hotel sourcing and custom contract negotiations, full service planning, online registration & housing, professional on-site staffing, Strategic Meeting Management (SMM) consulting & workshops and advanced meeting technology. Mr. Brown has spent his entire 35 year career in the meetings, convention and hospitality industries and has been both a planner and supplier. He has been in hotel sales, marketing and management and a business owner for 20 years. Mr. Brown contributes articles to industry trade publications and speaks at many industry events, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA), Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) and HSMAI Meet. He also designs and presents custom strategic education for meeting planning and procurement teams. Mr. Brown also consults with hotel sales and service teams on a multitude of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) and customer service topics. Additionally, he and the MSR team conduct an annual meeting planner and hotelier Partners Forum to discuss industry issues, trends, challenges and solutions. The MSR Partners Forum is going on its 8th year. Mr. Brown has served on many Hotel and CVB Advisory Boards, has been President of two different MPI chapters. During his MPI OC Chapter year, he launched a Professional Meeting Management Certification Program at Cal State University of Fullerton, where the curriculum is in its 17th successful year. He also served on MPI’s International Board of Directors and is a former Supplier of the Year. MSR is a recognition recipient of Meeting Professionals International’s Golden Paragon Award, MPI’s highest recognition for meeting excellence. Mr. Brown is a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU) where he received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Marketing with a minor in Management.

Mr. Brown can be contacted at 949-250-7483 or tbrown@meetingsites.net

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.