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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.