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Mr. Reid

Frank Reid

Executive Vice President, Kolbe Corporation

Frank Reid is executive vice president of Kolbe Corp in Phoenix, AZ, where he is responsible for managing business development efforts and human resources consulting with large corporate accounts. An accomplished HR executive with domestic and international experience in the insurance, financial services, information services and software industries, Mr. Reid has expertise in building highly effective teams and transforming the HR function to streamline and develop consistent practices across businesses. Throughout his career, Mr. Reid has developed a reputation as a strong business partner with senior management and a trusted advisor to CEO's on business and human capital strategies. Serving as a senior human resources executive for such companies as Ceridian Corporation, Jostens Corporation, Elsevier Corporation, Thomson Corporation, and Dialog Corporation, Mr. Reid led a variety of HR initiatives ranging from the creation of a learning and development function to the establishment of a “Line of Sight” process to promote understanding of corporate goals and individual responsibilities. At Ceridian Corporation, where he served as vice president of HR, Mr. Reid led the effort to consolidate all HR practices, processes and systems. He worked as a member of both the acquisition and integration team and the pension committee. Additionally, he led the company's diversity initiative and led the team that selected and implemented Ceridian's new payroll/HR system. As an independent consultant, Mr. Reid has sold HR services within the government and private sectors, provided recruiting services for senior management positions, introduced assessment tools for building highly productive teams, and facilitated the implementation of leadership development programs. Finally, Mr. Reid is a thought leader in such areas as recruitment, diversity, organizational transformation, and leadership development. He is an experienced and effective public speaker in areas related to HR and organizational development. Mr. Reid has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Morehouse College.

Please visit http://www.kolbe.com for more information.

Mr. Reid can be contacted at 602-778-7902 or freid@kolbe.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.