Editorial Board   

Mr. Edwards

Brandon Edwards

President, Tax Credit Co.

Brandon Edwards is president of The Tax Credit Company (TCC), a leading independent national provider of tax incentive consulting, administration and technology. Mr. Edwards is an expert in high-value tax incentive programs including Enterprise Zones, National Hiring Incentives and Research & Development Tax Credits. He is passionate about maximizing tax incentive opportunities for clients and takes pride in delivering customer-focused solutions that unlock material value for clients. Mr. Edwards' expertise includes generation and utilization of tax incentives, audit defense, technology design and integration, business process design and automation, government relations and business development. Mr. Edwards is a speaker and instructor on tax incentive programs sponsored by government agencies, business groups, community organizations and accounting societies. He has represented his industry with testimony before members of the California State Senate. Mr. Edwards holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Edwards can be contacted at 818-286-0338 or bedwards@taxcc.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.