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Mr. Hacker

Steven Hacker

Principal, Bravo Management

Following a distinguished 40 year long career as CEO of several non profit associations, Steven Hacker, CAE, CEM, FASAE is the Principal of Bravo Management providing strategic, leadership and event planning expertise to associations and trade show organizers around the world. He also authors a monthly column (The Association Doctor) in Association News, a magazine produced by Schneider Publishing of Los Angeles. Mr. Hacker is recognized as an authority on the leadership of non profit organizations and has earned both the prestigious Certified Association Executive designation (1974) and was named a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (1988). During more than two decades as CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), headquartered in Dallas, Mr. Hacker helped build that organizations membership four-fold and established offices in Brussels, Singapore and Beijing. He designed the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation program that now operates in nine nations. He earned the CEM designation in 2012. Inducted into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders in 2007, Mr. Hacker has also been named “One of the 25 Most Influential People in the Events Industry” nine times and has been recognized by many organizations for his contributions to the industry. Mr. Hacker is also an award winning professional photographer and provides event photography services to a growing list of clientele.

Mr. Hacker can be contacted at 214-597-9791 or stevenhacker@me.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.