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Mr. Barbera

Michael Barbera

CEO, Barbera Solutions

Michael Barbera is a Fortune 50 consumer psychologist and strategy consultant, angel investor and award-winning business strategist. He is a business psychologist who is involved in both practical and academic endeavors.

Mr. Barbera's areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, and marketing and long-term business strategies.

Mr. Barbera is currently employed as the CEO of Barbera Solutions and serves as a board member of several organizations. His clients can be found on the Fortune 50 list, ABC's Shark Tank, Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, The Food Network, and include Harley-Davidson, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Hurricanes, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense.

Mr. Barbera began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 13 in New York City hosting concerts for artists such as Warrant, the Goo Goo Dolls and 3 Doors Down. In 2015, the White House recognized Mr. Barbera for his contributions to entrepreneurship. This work includes development and validation of consumer emotions, consumer behavior, product placement, consumer interaction, business growth strategies and judgment and decision-making.

Additionally, Mr. Barbera is a highly sought keynote speaker. Mr. Barbera's keynote topics include observations and results of academic and practitioner research, and insights of social science.

Mr. Barbera is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Judgment and Decision-Making, the Society of Consumer Psychology and the National Speakers Association.

Mr. Barbera is completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics with a focus in time pressure and scarcity. He has a BS in Business Administration and two MBAs: entrepreneurship and executive management.

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

Mr. Barbera can be contacted at +1 800-584-8047 or mbarbera@barberasolutions.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.