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Mr. Harvey

Philip J Harvey

President, Venture Insurance Programs

Philip J. Harvey is president of Venture Insurance Programs, a national program administrator for select industries, including hotels, resorts and golf and country clubs. Through Venture, Mr. Harvey created a leading all-lines insurance program for hotels and resorts called SUITELIFE.

Mr. Harvey has more than 35 years of insurance experience in all facets of property and casualty insurance. The hallmark of Venture is an entrepreneurial spirit that identifies market needs and works to develop unique solutions. He values employees and business partners who share this same entrepreneurial approach, and prides himself on being responsive to client issues and industry trends, and he has instilled the same commitment in his staff.

In addition to the SUITELIFE insurance program for hotels and resorts, Mr. Harvey created all-lines insurance programs for the golf, marine, technology, life sciences and banking industries as well as a Professional Liability unit for privately-held, publicly-traded and non-profit organizations.

In 2006, Mr. Harvey formed Inventure, Inc. as a holding company for Venture Insurance Programs; IRISK (an independent risk management firm); and Vertibrands (an insurance marketing communications agency).

In 2007 Mr. Harvey was named to the board of directors of Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) following Venture's receipt of TMPAA's Best Practice Designation.

Prior to founding Venture, he started Philip J. Harvey & Co., Inc. in 1977 as a regional general lines insurance brokerage serving large commercial accounts.

Mr. Harvey can be contacted at 800-282-6247 x223 or pharvey@ventureprograms.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.