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Mr. May

Mike May

President, Spear One

Mike May, CMP, IP, is President and owner of Spear One, a full-service meeting planning and sales incentive company in Dallas, Texas.

Spear One helps Fortune 1000 clients engage their employees and sales channels through group incentive travel, event planning, recognition & incentive programs, and engagement campaigns - with creativity, flexibility, and a commitment to results.

Mr. May's expertise includes creating amazing incentive trips, matching the perfect destination and venue to each group's audience and goals, creative graphic design and communication techniques, and motivational incentive program rules.

Under Mr. May's leadership, Spear One has quintupled in size and expanded its international presence. Spear One has won numerous industry awards, including Best Places to Work in the Meetings Industry by Meetings & Conventions magazine and a Motivation Masters Award by Incentive Magazine.

Mr. May is a strong industry supporter serving as the Vice-Chairman of the Incentive Research Foundation, a past member of the Performance Improvement Council of the Incentive Marketing Association, on the advisory board for Incentive Magazine, and a frequent industry presenter.

Mr. May recently published 12.5 Steps to a Perfect Incentive Program, a comprehensive how-to guide packed with 70 pages of incentive tips, actionable advice, and industry research. The Spear One team of meeting planners have also turned out several free e-books focused on group meetings and incentive travel - Meeting Planner Review of All-Inclusive Resorts with candid reviews, ratings, and rankings of their top 36 all-inclusive resorts for groups; the Maui Incentive Travel Guide featuring resort reviews, top group activities, and island fun facts; and The Incentive Travel Guide for Kauai, Lanai, and The Big Island.

Please visit http://www.spearone.com for more information.

Mr. May can be contacted at +1 972-661-6010 or mike.may@spearone.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.