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Mr. Brown

Tim Brown

Chief Executive Officer, Meeting Sites Resource

Tim Brown is Chief Executive Officer of Irvine, California based Meeting Sites Resource. MSR is a global strategic meeting management solutions organization with a 20 year track record of meeting excellence. This includes global hotel sourcing and custom contract negotiations, full service planning, online registration & housing, professional on-site staffing, Strategic Meeting Management (SMM) consulting & workshops and advanced meeting technology. Mr. Brown has spent his entire 35 year career in the meetings, convention and hospitality industries and has been both a planner and supplier. He has been in hotel sales, marketing and management and a business owner for 20 years. Mr. Brown contributes articles to industry trade publications and speaks at many industry events, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA), Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP) and HSMAI Meet. He also designs and presents custom strategic education for meeting planning and procurement teams. Mr. Brown also consults with hotel sales and service teams on a multitude of Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) and customer service topics. Additionally, he and the MSR team conduct an annual meeting planner and hotelier Partners Forum to discuss industry issues, trends, challenges and solutions. The MSR Partners Forum is going on its 8th year. Mr. Brown has served on many Hotel and CVB Advisory Boards, has been President of two different MPI chapters. During his MPI OC Chapter year, he launched a Professional Meeting Management Certification Program at Cal State University of Fullerton, where the curriculum is in its 17th successful year. He also served on MPI's International Board of Directors and is a former Supplier of the Year. MSR is a recognition recipient of Meeting Professionals International's Golden Paragon Award, MPI's highest recognition for meeting excellence. Mr. Brown is a graduate of San Diego State University (SDSU) where he received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Marketing with a minor in Management.

Mr. Brown can be contacted at 949-250-7483 or tbrown@meetingsites.net

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.