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Mr. Lachance

Paul Lachance

President, Smartware Group Inc.

Paul Lachance is founding partner of Smartware Group, Inc., producer of the modern Bigfoot CMMS solution for maintenance organizations worldwide, and currently serves as the company's president. Lachance has developed specialty CMMS and EAM software for maintenance professionals for almost 20 years. Prior to founding Smartware Group, Mr. Lachance and his business partner Dave Peelstrom started a software company in Colorado during the dotcom boom. After the company was acquired, they moved to New Hampshire and formed Smartware Group to fill a niche in the maintenance software market. Having started two businesses from scratch, Mr. Lachance understands the fundamentals and complex mechanics of growing a successful company. His creative management style encourages employees of all ranks to bring new ideas to the table and to pitch in wherever it is needed. Mr. Lahance's effective communication skills set him apart as a true partner that sets expectations for clients and always comes to the table with a solution. Mr. Lahance has spoken at a number of conferences and industry events, including the International Maintenance Conference and FABTECH. He also contributes to such industry publications as Plant Engineering, Processing Magazine, Food Logistics and Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation. Mr. Lahance is a graduate of Bentley University.

Please visit www.bigfootcmms.com/company/smartware-group for more information.

Mr. Lachance can be contacted at 866-858-7800 or paul.lachance@bigfootcmms.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.