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Ms. Borak

Deborah Borak

Director of Global Accounts, ConferenceDirect

Deborah Borak joined ConferenceDirect in February 2002. Her diverse career experiences have included positions in marketing, sales, publishing, public relations and meeting planning. In 2007, Ms. Borak endeavored to become a subject matter expert in Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) and worked with one of her clients to develop a program from the ground up. In 2010, Ms. Borak obtained her Strategic Meetings Management Certification (SMMC) as part of the inaugural group of graduates to do so. As a result of her work in SMM, she has written articles, taught classes and presented at PCMA, GBTA, and MPI national events, as well as various conferences and chapter meetings. Ms. Borak was also one of the first associates to complete the ConferenceDirect Certified Sales Associate (CDS) program exclusive to ConferenceDirect. This certification recognizes associates by testing their knowledge and abilities on all aspects of meetings including: Site Selection, Contract Negotiation, Cancellation & Attrition, Supplier Relationships, Food & Beverage, Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving. Ms. Borak works with a variety of clients including corporations, associations, fraternal and non-profit groups. Her outstanding customer service and attention to detail is what Ms. Borak's clients love most about her and has earned her recognition as a ConferenceDirect Top Producer multiple times. She is an active member of PCMA, GBTA, ASAE and MPI and has served on a variety of committees and has held Board positions throughout the meetings industry.

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Ms. Borak can be contacted at 720-283-3959 or deborah.borak@conferencedirect.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.