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Mr. Bendaña

Fred Bendaña

Executive Director of Client Services & Marketing Development, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Fred Bendaña is Executive Director of Client Services and Market Development for Maritz Motivation Solutions, the unit of Maritz that designs and manages employee recognition, loyalty rewards, and sales/channel incentives for leading companies. In this role, Mr. Bendaña leads a team which identifies, defines and develops relevant solutions for clients in the hospitality and retail markets. Through close client collaboration, Mr. Bendaña and his team gain a better understanding of each unique client situation, developing effective loyalty and motivation strategies that increase sales, engage customers and improve overall workforce performance. Mr. Bendaña is also part of the Maritz Institute, a network of thought leaders that serves as a bridge between the latest human sciences research and better business practices. Mr. Bendaña has more than 10 years of experience supporting clients with customer marketing and employee engagement endeavors. He joined Maritz in 2005 as an account manager and was named a Maritz MASTER and Account Executive of the Year in 2010. Prior to Maritz, Mr. Bendaña worked at Solutia and Monsanto, specializing in product management and market development. Mr. Bendaña earned his undergraduate degree in international business and marketing from Saint Louis University and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis - Olin Business School. He serves on the marketing committee for the board of directors' at the Magic House, a Children's Museum in St. Louis, and is active in the American Marketing Association.

Mr. Bendaña can be contacted at 636-827-1633 or fred.bendana@maritz.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.