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Dr. Kossovsky

Nir Kossovsky

CEO, Steel City Re

Dr. Nir Kossovsky is CEO of Steel City Re, which analyzes the reputational strength and resilience of companies and provides insurance products that protect those companies, their officers and directors against financial losses that occur when reputational crises strike. 

A life-long innovator with a dozen issued patents, Dr. Kossovsky designed the algorithms that enable reputation insurance underwriting, reputation-linked investment strategies, and reputation management solutions by partner companies.

An accomplished speaker and writer on topics ranging from risk and intellectual property to nano-engineered vaccines and medical devices, he is cited frequently in the commercial press as an authority on business process risk and reputational value. His most recent book is titled Reputation, Stock Price and You: Why the Market Rewards Some Companies and Punishes Others (Apress, 2012).

Dr. Kossovsky was previously a Trustee of Excela Health Systems, a $500m not-for-profit healthcare provider. He also served on the boards of Patent & License Exchange (sold to Access Integrated Technologies, (NASDAQ:AIXD)), and Littlearth, Inc.; was a consultant to FDA's medical device advisory panels; and is featured in case studies from Harvard and Darden Schools of Business.

Formerly a practicing physician with an MD from the University of Chicago, Dr. Kossovsky was a tenured member of the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine, Chief of the UCLA Medical Center's Autopsy Service, and a Deputy Coroner in Los Angeles County. Dr. Kossovsky earned an MBA from University of Southern California, a BA in Philosophy from University of Pittsburgh and graduated from the US Navy War College.

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

Dr. Kossovsky can be contacted at 412-877-0537 or nkossovsky@steelcityre.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.