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Mr. Tacchino

Arthur Tacchino

Principal and Chief Innovation Officer, SyncStream Solutions

Arthur Tacchino is Principal and the Chief Innovation Officer at SyncStream Solutions, an ACA reporting and compliance company. SyncStream works with agents, brokers, accountants, human resource professionals, CPAs, financial planners, and benefits attorneys to help employers navigate and fulfill new healthcare requirements. Mr. Tacchino is a leading expert in the country on the Affordable Care Act. He created SyncStream's ACA Decision Support Tool, which enables employers to gather and input key individualized employer data and generate a customized analysis of the ACA's impact on their business, and leads development of SyncStream's ACA Dashboard, ACA Reporting Essentials, and other solutions that help employers tackle the challenges of health care reform. Prior to joining SyncStream, Mr. Tacchino spent three years at The American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pa. where contributed to the creation of the Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC) designation. As part of this work, Mr. Tacchino designed and taught two courses on the Affordable Care Act -“Essentials of Healthcare Reform” and “The Healthcare Consultant.” Mr. Tacchino is a well-recognized speaker on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and presents frequently to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and other national organizations. In addition, he has been published in blind peer reviewed publications, such as the Journal for Financial Service Professionals and the Journal of Financial Planning. Mr. Tacchino received his B.S. in economics from Susquehanna University and earned his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.

Please visit http://www.sync-stream.com for more information.

Mr. Tacchino can be contacted at 877-291-9256 or infoabout@sync-stream.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.