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Mr. Talley

Gregg H. Talley

President & CEO, Talley Management Group, Inc.

Gregg H. Talley, CAE, President & CEO, has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 28 years within the Association/Event Management Industry. Prior to founding TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. (TMG), Mr. Talley worked in a Convention Bureau and for a hotel development company. In 1985, he switched to the management side with an association management firm. In 1987 he founded TALLEY MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. with his partner and father Robert K. Talley. Since inception TMG has grown to over 40 national and international clients, the majority of which are in healthcare. TMG provides full association management services, strategic facilitation, consulting and a host of contract services. With offices in Southern New Jersey and Washington, DC TMG has 60+ full time professionals. With a degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in international relations, Mr. Talley has utilized those skills to plan international events both inbound and outbound. Overseas, he and his team have managed events in Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Mexico City and throughout Europe including the UK, Portugal, Hungary and Germany. Throughout his career Mr. Talley has been involved in a number of different industries and their events including: healthcare, sciences, communications and information technology. He has strategically managed a number of organizations in his capacity with association management firms including start-ups, small specialty societies and large, multi million dollar organizations. Mr. Talley has personally managed the largest convention event in North America, the 50,000+ attendee International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. A recognized professional in the field, Mr. Talley speaks and writes regularly on issues within association and event management including: the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Convene Magazine, Facilities Magazine, Association Meetings Magazine among others. He is Past National Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). Currently, Mr. Talley serves as the Treasurer of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation and of the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI), the trade association for AMCs. He is also the Chief Strategy Executive for the Convention Industry Council, a TMG client. Mr. Talley gained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999. In April, 2011 Mr. Talley was awarded PCMA's 2011 Professional Achievement Award as this year's Meeting Professional Honoree.

Mr. Talley can be contacted at 856-423-7222 or gtalley@conventionindustrycouncil.org

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.