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Mr. Labriola

Patrick Labriola

President, Transportation Safety Exchange

Patrick A. Labriola is President of Transportation Safety Exchange (TSX), an industry-pioneering, independent rating organization that inspects, monitors and reports the safety performance of motor carriers in the ground transportation industry. Mr. Labriola is an expert in strategic planning, business development and operational improvement. Prior to joining TSX, Mr. Labriola was the President of the Waterford Group, a consulting organization specializing in business planning and development, merger and acquisition strategies, and other services. Before Waterford Group, Mr. Labriola held roles as President and CEO of a food production company with $70 million in revenue and more than 230 employees; as President and CEO of a manufacturing company, which grew from $45 million to $78 million in revenue, dominating the market category under his leadership; as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of a large, family-owned beverage distributor; as President and CEO of a pet supply superstore chain which grew rapidly from six to more than 30 locations in less than two years; and as Treasurer of a $900 million department store operation. Mr. Labriola holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of Dayton in Ohio, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Labriola can be contacted at 703-691-4612 or plabriola@tsxcr.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.