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Mr. Cisco

Carlo Cisco

Chief Executive Officer, Select Innovations, Inc.

Carlo Cisco is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and innovator. He is best known for his current role as the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Select Innovations, Inc.

Mr. Cisco started his first successful business in college, helping bring thousands of customers to local venues throughout Miami. He has since helped build or grow companies of all sizes ranging from pre-development stage startups to companies like Groupon and Bloomingdales. Most notably, he helped build Groupon Japan, turning it into one of the company's largest and most successful international markets in just two months.

Mr. Cisco's current company SELECT is a private membership community and concierge service that provides access to exclusive events, insider pricing, and VIP perks at thousands of locations. SELECT partners with top rated local restaurants and nightlife venues as well as premier global brands in travel, retail, entertainment & more. SELECT's 10,000+ members receive exclusive benefits at over 500,000 partner locations.

SELECT has received a lot of media attention after quickly being called "AMEX for the Next Generation" and "The Black Card for Millennials" by Fox Business.

Mr. Cisco is also a member of the YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Council), an elite organization for successful entrepreneurs. He is frequently featured as an expert on entrepreneurship, business, and marketing in news outlets including Mashable, Forbes, Fox Business, Tech.co, USA Today, TheNextWeb, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo!, WSJ, ReadWriteWeb, and Inc. among many others.

Mr. Cisco was recently named a top ten personal branding expert to follow in 2017 by Entrepreneur Magazine. He was also heralded as "One of hospitality's fastest growing stars" by the publication.

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

Mr. Cisco can be contacted at +1 646-481-4061 or carlo@meetselect.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.