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Ms. Abatangle

Amy Abatangle

Executive Vice President & General Manager, Untangle

Amy Abatangle is executive vice president and general manager of Untangle's gateway division. Ms. Abatangle is responsible for delivering products to help organizations gain visibility into and control over their networks. Untangle's integrated suite of security software and appliances provide enterprise-grade capabilities yet consumer-oriented simplicity to over 400,000 customers--protecting nearly 5 million people, their computers and networks. Prior to joining the Untangle team, Ms. Abatangle had her own consulting practice with a focus on digital marketing. She worked with startup companies in online gaming, clean tech, and social media. Before striking out on her own, Ms. Abatangle held various e-commerce roles including managing sales operations for the online Apple store and leading global e-business and call center operations for Oracle university. Early in her career, Ms. Abatangle held various product management and development roles in startups at security software and digital media companies. Ms. Abatangle began her career in the early days of web development after teaching herself HTML, web server administration and Unix in her spare time as a doctoral fellow in English and Comparative Literature and Theory at Columbia University.

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Ms. Abatangle can be contacted at 866-233-2296 or info@untangle.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.