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Mr. Baker

David Baker

Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Servion North America

David Baker serves as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Servion North America. He brings with him over 16 years of experience in selling contact center solutions primarily focused around IVR, CTI, and Speech Recognition. He is an experienced sales executive who is focused on driving profitable revenue growth and increased market share for Servion in North America. Mr. Baker brings a hands-on, action-oriented sales approach to Servion. He has a keen ability to build and lead effective and motivated sales teams that produce consistent revenue growth. While Vice President of Sales at Envox, Mr. Baker was instrumental in taking the company to profitability after having sustained large losses in previous years. This turnaround was a key contributor to the successful sale of the company in 2009 to Syntellect. Since joining Servion in August 2010, Mr. Baker has produced record sales for the North America Enterprise Business Unit. He was recently awarded the Leadership Excellence Award in 2011 for his strong leadership and outstanding contributions to Servion. He has also been featured in industry articles pertaining to the latest trends and solutions in contact centers. Mr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Bridgewater State University. Servion excels in delivering CIM solutions and applications for contact centers, enhancing customer interactions via the phone, email, chat, and social media. For more information visit www.servion.com

Mr. Baker can be contacted at 508-634-6787 or david.baker@servion.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.