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Mr. Tkac

Brian Tkac

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Hotstmark Hospitality Group

Brian Tkac, oversees marketing, sales, and revenue management for Hostmark Hospitality Group's international portfolio of hotels, resorts and restaurants. Mr. Tkac has over twenty five years of sales & marketing experience in hotels and resorts. He has held numerous executive sales and marketing positions, including corporate director of marketing and regional director of sales and marketing. In addition to these roles, Mr. Tkac has held positions with Interstate Hotels and Resorts and IBM Corporation. He has extensive experience with Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Carlson, InterContinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Hotel Group, and the successful development of independent hotel brands. Mr. Tkac holds a Bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and attends the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He serves on numerous advisory boards including HSMAI (Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International) and was selected as one of Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing by HSMAI in 2013.

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Mr. Tkac can be contacted at 847-915-4560 or btkac@hostmark.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.