Editorial Board   

Mr. Arenas

John Arenas

Chief Executive Officer, Worktopia

A recognized authority on flexible workplace strategies and a founder of Worktopia, John Arenas brings to the innovative company more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate. For 12 years of that time, he was involved in developing and operating business centers and globally marketing work mobility products. For the past 15 years, Mr. Arenas has been involved in helping to make companies operationally automated through software development. As chairman and CEO of STRATIS Business Center, Inc., Mr. Arenas brought the company from start up in 1997 to a successful merger with Regus Business Centres (RGU: London Stock Exchange) in which first round STRATIS investors realized an eight-fold return. Prior experience also includes tenure as a commercial real estate lender for Citigroup, and project engineer for Turner Corporation. Mr. Arenas holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Worktopia, Inc. is the global leader in On-Demand Workspace procurement services with over 1,000 workspace venues in 50 countries, including short meeting space, term office space and virtual offices on demand. For more information visit www.worktopia.com

Mr. Arenas can be contacted at 914-468-0812 or john.arenas@worktopia.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.