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Mr. Davis

Jon Davis

Vice President, Business Development, Indoor Networks, ExteNet Systems Inc.

Jon J. Davis leads ExteNet's business initiatives in the area of indoor wireless distributed networks. He is a committed leader who has produced tangible results with global teams focused on sales, operations and total customer satisfaction. Before joining ExteNet Systems, Mr. Davis was Vice President of Business Development for Strategic Accounts at Toronto-based Celestica, a global provider of electronic manufacturing services. Mr. Davis has held many executive positions, including Vice President, Business Development for Flextronics International. Prior to his work in wireless industry, Mr. Davis worked as Vice President of Sales, Automotive Chemicals Division at Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, after beginning his career with Snap Products, Inc., then a leading manufacturer of automotive chemicals that was later purchased by Pennzoil in 1997.

Mr. Davis can be contacted at 630-505-3806 or jdavis@extenetsystems.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.