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Mr. Guyer

Brian Guyer

Sales Manager, Commercial Projects, Window & Door Business Unit, Rehau, Inc.

Brian L. Guyer is sales manager for the commercial windows and doors strategic business unit at REHAU. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Mr. Guyer has signed a number of major accounts to multi-year contracts with REHAU and has expanded select product lines into new market regions and segments.

Prior to joining REHAU, Mr. Guyer was vice president of sales and marketing at Jamison Door Company in Hagerstown, MD, where he led product development, introduced new product lines and developed a multi-dimensional marketing program for the company to include publicity, trade shows and direct marketing. As a market research analyst at Jerr-Dan Corporation, Greencastle, PA from 1995-97, Mr. Guyer played a key role in the development and expansion of standard duty carrier product portfolio to include Steel Best in Class (BIC) 5-ton carrier, Steel Rustler and Aluminum Pioneer Dual Angle Carrier. He initiated government sales activity with General Services Administration (received first ever contract worth over $500K) and conducted competitive intelligence that was used to develop product strategies to increase market share.

Mr. Guyer held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at Hagerstown Kitchens, Hagerstown, MD from 1992-94, where he completely revamped the company's product portfolio, re-focusing and re-positioning emerging products and solidifying top performing products. He established an exclusive partnership with The Home Depot to create a private label cabinet brand, Custom Craft Cabinetry, which expanded product awareness and distribution into new market regions.

From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Guyer held marketing positions with American Woodmark, Inc. in Winchester VA and at HBP, Inc. in Hagerstown, MD. In these positions, he focused on consumer research that helped to shape merchandizing strategies as well as corporate imaging and branding efforts.

Mr. Guyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Shepherd University and an MBA from Mount Saint Mary's University.

Mr. Guyer can be contacted at 800-247-9445 or rehau.mailbox@rehau.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.