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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.