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Ms. Ruble-Dotts

Ranee Ruble-Dotts

Founder & Creative Director, Paper Moon Creative

Ranee Ruble-Dotts is the founder and creative director for Paper Moon Creative, a boutique design and marketing communications agency based in Portland, Oregon. With more than 20 years of experience, she specializes in branding development, print design, web design, e-mail marketing, copy writing, and media relations.

Primarily serving the travel and tourism industry, Ms. Dotts clients include the California Hotel and Lodging Association, California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns, Visit Santa Cruz County, Santa Barbara Hotel Group, and many others.

Ms. Dotts got her professional start in design in 1991, at the age of 17, just as Apple computers and desktop publishing were fast replacing old typesetters and stat cameras. In her hometown of St. Louis, she landed a summer internship at Hartmann Publishing, which published the city's alternative newsweekly, The Riverfront Times and the city's glossy St. Louis Magazine. She was offered a job and stayed for five years, designing print advertising, editorial page layouts, and all manner of printed marketing collateral while she finished high school and then college.

Prior to founding Paper Moon Creative in 2005, Ms. Dotts held senior-level marketing and communications positions with the City of Big Bear Lake and the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council (now Visit Santa Cruz County).

Ms. Dotts holds a B.A. in Media Communications from Webster University in St. Louis and M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. Since 2008, she has taught the branding and packaging design courses for Portland Community College and the Small Business Development Center's "Getting Your Recipe to Market" program for food entrepreneurs.

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

Ms. Ruble-Dotts can be contacted at 503-788-3938 or ranee@papermooncreative.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.