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Ms. Wiesenfeld

Nancy Wiesenfeld

Vice Presidentt of Strategic Accounts, iPerceptions

Nancy Wiesenfeld is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts at iPerceptions and is responsible for overall account management, growth, and retention. Managing a team of Strategic Account Managers, she ensures that deep, strategic relationships are developed with our top customers and that iPerceptions' brand footprint is expanded through existing customer networks. Previously, she was Director of Insight where she was responsible for supervising deliverables for all analysis projects in addition to directly managing clients in the Hospitality sector. She joined iPerceptions in 2005 after 15 years in the market research and advertising industries. Beginning her career at Tandemar Research (now iPSOS ASI), Ms. Wiesenfeld was a Data Specialist where her focus was on data synthesis and analysis. Her position grew to Manager of the Data Specialist team, where she oversaw daily operations of the group. In 1997, she joined Research One International, a market research company specializing in pharmaceutical market research. Having a strong base knowledge of data structure and analysis, she worked as a Project Manager - and ultimately Senior Project Manager, where she managed several qualitative and quantitative research projects and provided actionable recommendations in support of brand growth for companies including Pfizer, Merck Frosst, Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. Having an interest in seeing “another side of the marketing coin”, Ms. Wiesenfeld joined the advertising agency Publicis in 2002 as an Account Director focusing on consumer packaged goods and government policy clients in the healthcare sector. She was involved with the development and success of digital and non-digital communications as well as multi-channel planning, and developed differentiating brand strategies and tactical programs. Offering a rare blend of analytical and relationship-building skills, Ms. Wiesenfeld has achieved exciting company and research turnarounds and is recognized for her success in fostering productivity and team building, as well as her ability to analyze customer data and turn it into actionable client insight.

Ms. Wiesenfeld can be contacted at 877-796-3600 or nwiesenfeld@iperceptions.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.