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Ms. Wright

Janet Wright

Director of Risk Management, Ryan Specialty Group

Janet Wright is the Director of Risk Management for SUITELIFE Underwriting Managers. She is responsible for enhancing and growing SUITELIFE's risk management division, securing the company's position as a leading underwriting manager.

Ms. Wright works in partnership with SUITELIFE's underwriting and sales teams, carriers, third party administrators, vendors, brokers and clients to deliver value-added risk services to private and publicly traded companies.

Ms. Wright has overseen and managed expansive risk management operations at smaller and larger publicly traded companies throughout her career. In her previous role, she served as senior risk manager for BlueLine Rental, where she utilized her comprehensive insurance experience to oversee the risk management program for 140 branches. She secured substantial savings for the company and implemented progressive process improvements while leading the team.

Ms. Wright also worked as director of marketing at Schutjer Bogar, where she led the firm's marketing efforts, coordinated a new client implementation process, and oversaw the company's charitable contributions. She also has years of underwriting experience, having served as an underwriter at industry giants Nationwide Insurance and Delta Dental, developing rates and underwriting guidelines for new business proposals and working with an array of complex risk management offerings.

Ms. Wright is a member of the Risk Management Society (RIMS) and holds various environmental health and safety certifications. She graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in English.

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

Ms. Wright can be contacted at +1 610-989-2736 or janet.wright@suitelifeum.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.