Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Berger

Dan Berger

Founder and CEO, Social Tables

Dan Berger is the Founder and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Social Tables — an award-winning software platform that has been used to source, plan, and execute over three million events since 2011. The Inc. 5000 company is recognized as one of the best places to work in the D.C. area by the Washington Post and SmartCEO, and has won numerous recognitions. These include "Best Industry Innovation" from the International Live Events Association and "One of the Most Innovative Companies in Live Events" by Fast Company.

Mr. Berger has been recognized as an industry and tech leader by publications such as BizBash, Catersource, Washingtonian, MeetingsNet, and Successful Meetings. He has also been named one of the most influential leaders in the meetings industry. Most recently, he received the honorable Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council (EIC). Mr. Berger is a passionate educator and spends his time sharing his experience and knowledge with others. He has spoken at over 150 events and is continually looking for new opportunities to give back to the community.

Prior to Social Tables, Mr. Berger worked in management consulting, ran a large association, worked for a Member of Congress, and built websites for several startups. He has a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from Georgetown. Born in Israel, he grew up in New York City and now lives in D.C. with his dog, Leroy.


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

Mr. Berger can be contacted at 877-973-2863 or dan@socialtables.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.