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Mr. Hoog

Andrew Hoog

CEO and Co-founder, viaForensics

Andrew Hoog is CEO and a co-founder of viaForensics, a leading-edge provider of mobile security products, committed to advancing the state of mobile security worldwide. His previous executive and consultative work includes positions with TricorBraun, one of the packaging industry's largest suppliers of glass and plastic containers, closures, dispensers and tubes; Express Scripts, which manages prescriptions for 100 million Americans; and Envision, LLC, a leader in the IT Staffing industry. Under Mr. Hoog's leadership, complemented by the intelligence and wisdom of his colleagues, viaForensics offers a unique services that provide broad coverage for the large mobile security attack surface, including mobile devices, apps and end users. As mobile apps and devices proliferate in the workplace, viaForensics' products allow companies and governments to be proactive rather than reactive in their approach to security. This advantage is critical for a variety of organizations around the globe. Mr. Hoog is also a trusted source for technology reporters and a sought-after commentator about safeguarding confidential material, having recently been interviewed by the New York Times about protecting businesses from data breaches. He has further addressed issues involving mobile security, explaining to readers of PCWorld about where people's data goes, how it is used and how much of it is encrypted.

Mr. Hoog can be contacted at 312-878-1100 or ahoog@viaforensics.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.