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Mr. Weaver

Shane Weaver

Director of Strategy, MaxMedia

Shane Weaver is the Director of Strategy at MaxMedia, an experience design agency that has been operating in Atlanta for more than 20 years. MaxMedia' success is driven by its core focus of addressing business challenges through problem solving for their end users. Mr. Weaver plays an important role in delivering human-centric solutions to these clients. With more than 15 years in the marketing space working with brands such as IHG, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide, Mr. Weaver has mastered the art and science of helping brands find their true voice in a crowded market place that is oversaturated with flat product promises, forced offerings and friction-packed experiences. Mr. Weaver's role is to help companies sort their way through these challenges. His passion resides in working with companies to focus on their relevance, emotional resonance and brand authenticity; and to best position them for positive change in today's noisy and competitive business environments. To that end, Mr. Weaver has deep experience guiding cross-functional teams to address client needs across a breadth of brands including The Home Depot, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Sony and Disney. Prior to joining MaxMedia, Mr. Weaver worked as an experience design consultant where he worked with Fortune 100 brands to help guide them in building frictionless customer experiences that aligned with business goals, market trends and societal change. His previous roles included Senior Manager, Digital Strategy and Insights at consultative design firm Sparks Grove, where he spent nearly four years as a strategy lead for highly collaborative teams to produce and deliver products, campaigns and experiences for Fortune 500 companies.

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

Mr. Weaver can be contacted at 404-564-0063 or hello@maxmedia.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.