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Ms. Schelske

Beth Schelske

Divisional Vice President - Client Services, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Beth Schelske is Divisional Vice President - Client Services for Maritz Motivation Solutions working with hospitality clients, including major international hotel chains, airlines and casinos. For over 25 years, Ms. Schelske has been working with Fortune 500 clients developing reward and recognition programs, sales incentives, and consumer loyalty solutions. Most recently she helped launch an international consumer rewards program for US based hospitality client with over 3,700,000 active members in more than 50 countries. Prior to joining Maritz, Ms. Schelske was Vice President of Performance Solutions for ITAGroup. In this role, she helped design and manage employee recognition programs for clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. She was a contributing inventor to the 2012 patent “System and Process for Integration of Incentive Award Programs with Existing Management Systems.” She is past president of the Forum for People Performance Management and former board member of the Incentive Marketing Association. She currently serves on the conference planning board for Recognition Professionals, International. She is a graduate of Grinnell College. Maritz Motivation Solutions is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and helps companies bring strategies to life by delivering tangible results, reducing costs, increasing productivity and driving growth. Maritz Motivation Solutions also works in collaboration with The Maritz Institute which is an independent network of thought leaders working to create next generation business practices based on human science research.

Ms. Schelske can be contacted at beth.schelske@maritz.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.