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Mr. Avillez

Marcio Avillez

Vice President, Network Services, iPass

Marcio Avillez brings twenty years of experience with fourteen years in the telecom industry. He is a member of the executive team at iPass, a NASDAQ listed company where he leads the global network development team focused on improving costs and developing new relationships with Wi-Fi and Mobile Carriers (3G/4G) to enable the expansion of iPass' enterprise-focused network services portfolio. Mr. Avillez has extensive experience in developing and delivering innovative telecom solutions for Fixed and Mobile operators and has held Product Management, Marketing and Business development positions with US West Communications (now Qwest), and Level 3 Communications where he lead a team responsible for market sizing, product positioning, segment strategy and sales channel enablement for Level 3's Wholesale Voice Services portfolio. iPass is a leading provider of enterprise mobility services to Global Corporations and one of the leading aggregators of Wi-Fi networks globally with over 260,000 venues enabled worldwide.

Mr. Avillez can be contacted at 650-232-4329 or mavillez@ipass.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.