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Mr. Broadhag

Kurt A. Broadhag

President, K Allan Consulting

Kurt Broadhag has over 16 years of experience in personal training and gym design. He is president of K Allan Consulting, a firm specializing in health club design and management. K Allan Consulting works in unison with property owners, architects, and interior designers to address fitness solutions and develop functional workout environments. The company specializes in two-dimensional and three-dimensional fitness facility renderings, consulting from conceptual design to final installation. Kurt graduated from California State University, Long Beach with his degree in Exercise Physiology and Dietetics. In 1992, Kurt got involved with gym design opening the Warner Bros. Fitness Center where he implemented a number of programs. He then moved on to create and manage two adjoining gyms on the Paramount Studios lot. There, he supervised the training of music, TV and film stars, and Paramount Studio executives. During this time, Kurt also graduated with a Masters in Sports Medicine and obtained a number of professional certifications, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Advanced First Aid Certification and CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor Certification, and T.O.U.C.H Training Certification. Kurt also served as the National Spokesperson for Powerbar and was sent out on publicity tours in radio, TV, and magazines promoting the Powerbar line. Recently he obtained his LEED AP certification and has authored numerous articles on green fitness center design.

Mr. Broadhag can be contacted at 310-601-7768 or kbroadhag@kallanconsulting.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.