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Ms. Portmann

Toni Portmann

Chief Executive Officer, DHISCO, Inc.

Toni Portmann is CEO and executive chairman of the board of DHISCO Inc., the world's original and leading hospitality distribution company. With extensive experience across software, hardware and technology services and support, Ms. Portmann has spent more than 25 years in executive management. She joined DHISCO at the end of 2014, bringing a wealth of management skills and expertise in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, process improvement and innovative sales solutions. Prior to joining DHISCO, Ms. Portmann served as CEO for LockIN, an early stage, paradigm-busting SaaS e-learning company. An entrepreneur and “intraprenuer,” she also served for 10 years as chairman of the board of Resolvity, a privately held company specializing in intelligent interactive voice technology. Before joining LockIN, Ms. Portmann was CEO of CAS Partners/Riverstone, where she integrated the acquisition of seven disparate property management services companies that specialized in the multifamily real estate market and represented over 170,000 apartment units in 31 states. She also served as CEO of Stream Inc., where she transformed a $75 million contact services division of Software Spectrum into a global business process outsourcing leader with revenues exceeding $530 million across 30 contact centers in 16 countries. Prior to her CEO responsibilities, Ms. Portmann worked in sales, marketing and management for Diebold Inc. and IBM. Ms. Portmann holds a bachelor of business administration from Boise State University in Idaho and is a member of WCD (Women Corporate Directors). Toni is an investor in Texas Women Venture Network and serves on the TWV Portfolio Advisory Board. She established the Tyson Johnson Memorial for Another Solution Inc., which is dedicated to fighting the disease of addiction.

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

Ms. Portmann can be contacted at 214-234-4072 or support@dhisco.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.