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Ms. DeHaven

Christina DeHaven

Principal, DeHaven Consulting

Christina DeHaven, CMP is President and owner of DeHaven Consulting, a full-service meeting planning and event education company based in New Jersey. Ms. DeHaven takes pride in creating exceptional events with seamless production. She is a passionate logistics professional with experience in pharmaceutical, corporate and association meetings and events. Through her speaking and training engagements at industry conferences, 'lunch & learn's and FAM trips, she continues to advance professionalism and the highest standards within the industry. With her supplier consulting, Ms. DeHaven helps venues grow their group business, increase market share and make improvements to become a “Pharma Friendly” property. She is also working with the Convention Industry Council (CIC) as a Subject Matter Expert for the creation of the healthcare subspecialty designation. Before founding her own consultancy, Ms. DeHaven was a Project Manager with UniversalWorld Events. There she sourced and managed global product launches, international pharmaceutical meetings, events, domestic and international congresses, advisory board meetings and trainings across multiple therapeutic areas. She led motivated, performance driven teams to operational excellence and conducted staff training on Pharmaceutical Compliance, Venue Contracting and Negotiation Strategies. Prior to her work with UWE Ms. DeHaven planned medical education meetings for DesignWrite, a full-service medical communications company. There she was a training mentor and received five Service Recognition Awards for client satisfaction. Ms. DeHaven began her career in the meetings industry as a supplier holding various positions in Sales & Catering for Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt and Starwood. She has experience selling the SMERF and Corporate markets for both the Hyatt and Westin brands.

Ms. DeHaven can be contacted at 609-223-2229 or christina@dehavenconsulting.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.