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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 July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.