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Ms. Love

Jana Love

President, ProSolutions

In 1989, Jana Love founded ProShop Evaluation Services, Inc., after a successful career with Marriott International in sales and marketing. ProShop offered mystery shopping, evaluation, and training services to top international hospitality companies. In 1997, Ms. Love formed Shop2000 with two other principals. Shop2000 was developed exclusively for Marriott Group Sales and Catering, and they designed and implemented the unique sales training program, "Walking in the Shoes of the Customer," for Marriott. In 2002, Ms. Love, knowing her team had the expertise to influence more customer needs, expanded the company's business resources and services and rebranded by becoming ProSolutions, LLC. ProSolutions offers customer service consulting, pricing research, mystery shopping and evaluations, performance improvement strategies, training, and program and certification development to such clients as Marriott International, Inc., The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Wyndham Worldwide, Loews Hotels, Urgo Hotels & Resorts, Davidson Hotels & Resorts, and Florida Hospital. In the recent years, ProSolutions has continued to grow and expand. In 2012, ProSolutions was awarded an annually implemented global contract from Marriott International, Inc. to preform hotel pricing research and analysis, which continues to results in millions of dollars of additional revenue for Marriott. In 2013, Ms. Love founded the ProLearning Blog, which offers the hospitality industry free educational tips and learning resources to help be masters of customer service and sales; and to improve personally, as an employee, as a leader; and as a company. Ms. Love's passion behind the company's tag line, “The Total Customer Experience Company” is truly what pushes the business culture since it always comes back to increasing customer engagement and loyalty in order to achieve success. Also, the training philosophy that drives ProSolutions is that every client has a unique need and situation, so they “fix what they find” with customized training options geared towards each different audience. Nothing comes off the shelf. They also believe training should provide immediately actionable items and easy takeaways. As the President and CEO, Ms. Love leads her team in all efforts and has the support from her eight-member executive team and >50 regular subcontractors and consultants. Ms. Love lives in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, Bill. They have two daughters, Kelsey and Madison.

Please visit http://www.prosolutions.net for more information.

Ms. Love can be contacted at 407-758-0263 or jana@prosolutions.net

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.