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Mr. Garrison

David Garrison

Chief Executive Officer, iBAHN

When David W. Garrison joined iBAHN in October 2002 as president and chief executive officer, he brought with him more than twenty years of successful experience in leading telecommunications and technology services companies in the wireless and Internet industries. Mr. Garrison has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Netcom, a pioneering Internet service provider. During his three-year tenure at Netcom, he successfully led NASDAQ financings, using the proceeds to expand geographically within the United States to build one of the first significant Internet networks. Additionally, he expanded the company internationally to create one of the top-rated Internet companies in the United Kingdom and Canada. Prior to joining NETCOM, he served as president of SkyTel, a division of Mobil Telecommunications Technologies, Inc. Prior to SkyTel, Mr. Garrison served successively as chief operating officer, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Dial Page, Inc., a regional paging carrier based in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to that, Mr. Garrison held the positions of vice president and general manager for the Providence Journal Company, a publishing and broadcast holding company based in Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Garrison has served as an independent director of SonicWALL, a leading company in providing security solutions to small and medium enterprise customers worldwide. He also has served as independent director on more than a half-dozen boards of private and public companies, including election as chairman of the independent directors committee at Ameritrade. He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Syracuse University and a master of business administration degree from Harvard University.

Mr. Garrison can be contacted at 303-728-6150 or dgarrison@ibahn.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.