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Mr. Kraft

John Kraft

Senior Associate Attorney, Fuksa Khorsid, LLC

John Kraft is a senior associate attorney with the Chicago law firm of Fuksa Khorshid, LLC. His practice areas include commercial litigation, consumer and financial regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. Mr. Kraft advises a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies, to real estate investment funds, to family businesses. Mr. Kraft is advisor to his clients in the areas of risk management through sound employment practices, insurance coverage, and internal policies and procedures. Mr. Kraft has represented a number of clients in disputes involving employee dishonesty and commercial crime, auditor and accountant malpractice, bank fraud and associated regulatory failures, unfair competition, and breach of contract. In addition, Mr. Kraft has represented real estate developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in multi-million dollar construction disputes arising out of defect claims, mechanics liens, private and public bond claims, delay damages, design defects, and design-build negligence. Mr. Kraft also has extensive experience in insurance coverage matters, having represented almost every major carrier in the areas of fidelity & surety, professional liability, property & casualty, and professional liability; Mr. Kraft also advises insureds in navigating the claims process. Finally, Mr. Kraft represents clients on a variety of transactional matters as well, including commercial real estate transactions, corporate entity formation, commercial contracting, and a number of labor and employment matters. Mr. Kraft received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He then received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago, where he was a member of the Loyola Consumer Law Journal.

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

Mr. Kraft can be contacted at 312-266-2221 or john@fklawfirm.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.