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Mr. Langston

Andy Langston

North America Enterprise Account Manager, Aptilo Networks

Andy Langston as North America Enterprise Account Manager works across North America to bring Aptilo's extensive experience in Wi-Fi service management to enterprise customers. As evidenced by his numerous years of work in the engineering field, Mr. Langston has always shown a passion for understanding technologies and for helping companies find innovative solutions to their specific needs. Mr. Langston has been in the wireless networking industry for more than 10 years, working for multinational corporations in account management and business development. His background in the enterprise WLAN space includes more than six years with Samsung and Motorola. Mr. Langston's experience includes working with Fortune 100 companies, and spearheading channel development, marketing, and new business launches. He has earned several higher education degrees. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University. He also earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging. Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) has become synonymous with Wi-Fi service management and Wi-Fi offload in large-scale deployments with 100+ operators in more than 75 countries, and is a critical component of Wi-Fi calling and IoT.

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Mr. Langston can be contacted at 972-767-6901 or andy.langston@aptilo.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.