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Mr. Cardono

Gary Cardono

Director of Hospitality Sales, Globe Union Group, Inc.

Gary Cardono is the Director of Hospitality Sales for the Danze Inc. and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures brands, a subsidiary of Globe Union Group, Inc. (“Globe Union”). Prior to joining Gerber, a leading manufacturer of vitreous china plumbing fixtures, faucets, and fittings for the residential, commercial and hospitality construction markets Mr. Cardono started his career in the plumbing industry 18 years ago at Creed Company selling plumbing repair parts to hotels in New England. Mr. Cardono has since worked at Eljer Plumbingware as Director of Builder and Hospitality Sales and at Brasstech as National Hospitality Sales Manager. At Globe Union, Mr. Cardono is responsible for marketing the Danze and Gerber brands to the hotel industry. Globe Union is a manufacturer of Viterious Chinaware and Brassware plumbing fixtures. Globe Union started Gerber Water Conservation Services, a full turnkey operation that conducts water audits of properties that show how much water is being used and how much could be saved by replacing old plumbing fixtures. GWCS will finance and complete the construction with a return on investment of less than three years.

Mr. Cardono can be contacted at 630-754-0238 or Gary.cardono@globeunion.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.