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Ms. Parisi

Kelly Parisi

Solutions Development Manager, Spear One

Kelly Parisi joined Spear One, a Dallas-based meeting and incentive firm, 5 years ago. While relatively new to the industry, Ms. Parisi offers a unique perspective as a millennial voice. In her current role as Solutions Development Manager, Ms. Parisi evaluates hotel & industry trends, develops program budgets and finds the right solutions to match customer needs. Ms. Parisi also leads ideation sessions with team members to continuously improve programs and deliver 'wow' experiences for customers. Ms. Parisi also holds a key role as Marketing Manager, identifying strategies to differentiate Spear One from their competitive marketplace. With experience in website management, email marketing, event planning, content creation and social media, Ms. Parisi is responsible for delivery of a unified, positive brand impact as well as producing sales leads. She has also lead efforts in product development and quality standards development, which drives Spear One forward and ensures consistency within the organization. In addition to these roles, Ms. Parisi designed, implemented and currently manages an internal employee education & development program at Spear One. The goal of the program is to foster the mission of continuous improvement among employees. With monthly collaborative thinkstorms termed “11:11” meetings, bi-weekly trainings from internal and external speakers, a dedication to achieving industry certifications and more, employees earn over 1,600 hours of education each year. Through past positions at UnitedHealthcare and a private community planning consulting firm, Ms. Parisi is an expert at delivering detailed, comprehensive responses to RFPs for both publically-traded companies and government agencies. Ms. Parisi is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island. She currently holds the designation of CEP - Certified Engagement Practitioner and attends a variety of industry events to further her education & understanding of best practices. Ms. Parisi's insights are published in a variety of industry journals as well as the Spear One blog.

Please visit www.spearone.com for more information.

Ms. Parisi can be contacted at 972-661-6081 or kelly.parisi@spearone.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.