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Mr. Filsinger

James Filsinger

Chief Executive Officer, EZYield

A veteran of more than 14 years in the travel industry, James Filsinger was appointed CEO of EZYield in November 2010. EZYield is the originator and industry leader of automated online distribution management solutions for the worldwide hospitality industry. More than 3,500 hotels in 92 countries utilize EZYield's advanced channel management software to streamline the distribution of rates and inventory to 500 forward distribution channels in multiple languages and 168 currencies. Prior to joining EZYield, Mr. Filsinger served as CEO and General Manager for Moneydirect Ltd., an international joint venture between Sabre Inc. and Amadeus IT. As launch CEO, he successfully led the company through an aggressive global expansion to proactively address changing market conditions and anticipate client needs and requests for future product and service capabilities. In his 12 years with Sabre, Mr. Filsinger held a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of new business ventures, director of strategic marketing and director of ecommerce strategy. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's of business degree from Washington State University.

Mr. Filsinger can be contacted at 321-765-8486 or jfilsinger@ezyield.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.