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Mr. Horner

Russ Horner

Co-founder, Water Management, Inc.

Passionate about saving water and a longtime advocate for the environment, Russ Horner co-founded Water Management, Inc. (WMI) in 1980. As a water practitioner, Mr. Horner provides hands-on technical assistance and advisory services to domestic and international clients in the areas of water conservation, water demand management, water policy, and best management practices.

He has been responsible for auditing, pricing, designing and implementing many of WMI's thousands of guaranteed savings programs over the past 30 years.

In addition, Mr. Horner has assisted residential, commercial and industrial clients in developing strategies, analyzing and forecasting end use data to determine consumption patterns and forecasts for their specific geographical regions.

Mr. Horner has also trained municipalities in developing capacity in water audits, leak detection, conservation techniques, and best management practices. Mr. Horner often consults with and advises fixture manufacturers regarding new government regulations and technologies.

As President of WMI, Mr. Horner has been active in promoting public-private partnerships in water demand management activities for many years. Mr. Horner is also a Trustee for the AWWA's Standards and Codes Committee focusing on Water Conservation.

Mr. Horner can be contacted at 703-370-9070 or russ_horner@watermgt.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.