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Mr. Pesik

Greg Pesik

President and CEO, Passkey International

Greg Pesik is President and CEO of Passkey. Mr. Pesik brings extensive hospitality and travel information technology experience to Passkey. Prior to joining Passkey, Mr. Pesik served as Senior Vice President of Transport, Travel, and Hospitality at Talus Solutions which was acquired by Manugistics in late 2001. During his tenure, Mr. Pesik helped position the company as the leading provider of profit optimization technologies and orchestrated Talus Solution's move into new industries such as gaming. Before joining Passkey, Mr. Pesik oversaw an industry portfolio that included hotels, passenger airlines, cruise lines, cargo, ocean shipping, rail, trucking, and rental cars. Prior to Talus Solutions, Mr. Pesik was Vice President and Director of Business Development at Aeronomics, Inc. where he first entered the field of yield and revenue management software. He has also held lead consulting and management positions for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and KPMG Peat Marwick (Bearing Point), both in the fields of hospitality and travel. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Cornell University and speaker at industry forums. Mr. Pesik holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

Mr. Pesik can be contacted at 617-237-8200 or gpesik@passkey.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.