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Mr. Mizes

Ben Mizes

CEO, Clever Real Estate

Ben Mizes is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with a top-rated, full service real estate agent who can help you save thousands on commission. Clever was founded on the idea that home buying and selling is too expensive and fraught with hidden fees. By offering a discount solution that still provides all the services you come to expect from an agent, Mr. Mizes hopes to disrupt a stall industry.

Mr. Mizes' real estate journey to become the CEO of a thriving real estate tech start-up began in St. Louis, Missouri, his hometown. He invested in several multi-family properties right out of college with his business partner and Clever Real Estate's CSO, Luke Babich. Mr. Mizes became obsessed with real estate investing, and he's now an active real estate investor with 22 units in St. Louis, and a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Missouri.

Mr. Mizes realized the real estate industry was ripe for disruption when he saw the ridiculously high fees associated with Realtor commissions. These commissions are typically five to six percent of the home's value - which can seriously cut into profits. Of course, home sellers still need the expertise and knowledge that real estate agents provide. Mr. Mizes founded Clever Real Estate to solve this problem by offering discount solutions with the same quality of service.

Mr. Mizes is a graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington business school, and he's passionate about real estate, investing, and start-up. You can connect with Ben on LinkedIn and follow his real estate investing blog here.

Please visit https://www.listwithclever.com for more information.

Mr. Mizes can be contacted at +1 925-964-3909 or ben@movewithclever.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.