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Ms. Johnson

Casi Johnson

Vice President Operations, M3 Accounting & Analytics

Casi Johnson is Vice President of Operations for M3 Accounting + Analytics, a leader in hotel-specific accounting software, operations reporting, business intelligence and analytics, processing more than $8 billion in financial transactions for more than 3,000 properties. Ms.Johnson has worked in the hotel industry since 1995 and for M3 since 2000, focusing on the technology side of the business for the past 14 years. A graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Casi has worked in a variety of roles in the industry, including General Manager. In 2000, she joined M3 as Director of Training, and then was promoted to Support Manager in 2005 and to Vice President of Operations in 2007. In 2009, Ms.Johnson opened M3's Tampa, Florida training center, where she continues to expand the service department for new products and training. Her goals are to achieve service excellence, while maintaining efficiency to keep costs low for customers. Ms.Johnson earned her Master of Business Administration at the University of South Florida in 2012 and is a member of the International Customer Service Association. She also serves as adjunct professor at the University of South Florida teaching Managerial Finance and Accounting for the Hospitality Industry.

Ms. Johnson can be contacted at 850-217-2927 or casi@m3as.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.