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Mr. Ely

John Ely

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Signature Worldwide

As Signature Worldwide's Senior Vice President of Marketing, John Ely is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating strategic marketing and corporate growth plans. He joined Signature in November 2006 with more than 14 years of industrial and consumer marketing experience. Mr. Ely is an accomplished executive in developing and managing corporate launches for products and services while working for such companies as RFG Associates, A Solar Company, Vanner Inc. and Teledyne MEC. With these companies, he held the leadership roles of project manager, vice president of marketing, product development manager, and senior research and design engineer. Most recently, Mr. Ely worked for Crane Plastics as new market development director where he led such initiatives as designing and facilitating market studies, including consumer preferences, client relations and competitive research. His efforts focused on strategic marketing such as market penetration, and product and service positioning. He also helped author and facilitate training programs for Crane^aEURTMs inside and outside sales teams. Mr. Ely has an associate's degree in electrical engineering, a bachelor's in technical management and a master's in marketing and communications. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and Product Development Management Association. Mr. Ely has also served as a marketing professor at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, for several years and is certified as a "Teaching at a Distance" (TAD) online educator. Mr. Ely's extensive experience in steering business strategy, marketing, and developing new products is an invaluable asset when delivering programs to clients and helping Signature Worldwide reach its strategic goals.

Mr. Ely can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or johnely@signatureworldwide.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.