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Mr. Johnston

Hale Johnston

Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, EMPLOYERS

T. Hale Johnston has held executive and senior executive positions for over 15 years within the specialized field of workers' compensation. Currently, Mr. Johnston has been Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Western Region since July 2010; prior to that he served as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Pacific Region since April 2006. He is responsible for management, profit and growth of traditional market business in the Western Region. Prior to joining EMPLOYERS®, Mr. Johnston was Vice President of Meadowbrook Insurance Group from December 2002 to November 2005 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Dodson Group from March 2001 to December 2002. Mr. Johnston is chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Workers' Compensation Institute, a private, nonprofit association working to improve California workers' compensation through research, information, education and representation. Mr. Johnston previously served as chairman of the Board of Directors for 2009 and was re-elected to the 2010 Board at the Institute's annual meeting in San Francisco. Based in Oakland, Calif., the Institute's primary function is to provide data, analyses and practical expertise on issues and trends affecting California workers' compensation, assist members in assessing their own operations, and to analyze key issues of interest to the workers' compensation community and public policymakers. CWCI's Board of Directors is comprised of 15 representatives from CWCI member insurers including Liberty Mutual Group, The Hartford Insurance Group and Chartis Insurance, among others. The Board meets quarterly and is responsible for the direction of the Institute's activities and educational efforts. Mr. Johnston holds B.A. degrees from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

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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.