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Mr. Flynn

Scott Flynn

Founder & CEO, Best Corporate Events, LLC and SmartHunts, LLC

Scott Flynn is the founder and CEO of Best Corporate Events LLC and SmartHunts LLC. He started by building two successful publishing companies that were purchased by Cendant (CD) in 1990. He then launched Zachary, a software reseller company, which made the Inc. 500 with a 1658% five year sales gain and was quickly acquired by tech giant Global Direct Mail (NYSE).

In 2010 Mr. Flynn created Best Corporate Events by merging top companies in the fields of team building, interactive technology, and professional corporate training. The seasoned owners running those companies pooled their skill sets to design and launch an amazing line of original event programming that's delivered to companies nationwide.

Best Corporate Events has designed and trademarked some of the most popular programs in their industry and have created a wide variety of high-tech team building programs using iPads® and apps that they've developed. They're now the largest company of their kind in America, delivering programming at hotels nationwide from their regional offices. When Apple debuted the iPad,

Mr. Flynn formed SmartHunts® which developed apps to run corporate events on iPads. SmartHunts are fun, challenging, high-tech corporate scavenger hunts delivered using Apple iPads® and SmartHunts' Apps that utilizes text messaging, audio, video, FaceTime®, QR Codes, iMovie®, social media, and GPS tracking. SmartHunts are a combination of adventure, sightseeing, gaming, laughter, and teambuilding. Their apps even create a movie, on the fly, of every SmartHunt, so it's ready playing on the big screen when groups arrive back to their hotel ballroom.

Best Corporate Events and SmartHunts are members of ADMEI, MPI, ISES, and SITE and sell their programming direct and through In-house Corporate Planners, Meeting & Event Planners, DMCs, Meeting and Incentive companies, and Hotels.

Please visit http://www.bestcorporateevents.com for more information.

Mr. Flynn can be contacted at +1 727-698-6970 or scott@bestcorporateevents.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.