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Mr. Turner

David Turner

President and CEO, Parallel 6

Parallel 6 CEO/President David Turner has been in the high-tech industry for more than 20 years with 15 years of leadership experience operating software as a service and managing technology and support teams around the world. He is currently the CEO/President of Parallel 6, a leading multi-channel, mobile technology platform provider and creator of Captive Reach. The Captive Reach technology platform influences consumer behavior, enhances brand recognition and builds strong client-customer relationships via the mobile handset. Mr. Turner has worked abroad with teams in Shanghai, China, traveling back and forth frequently up to 15 times per year. There he worked with key technology executives, clients, and partners in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Parallel 6, Mr. Turner worked in Silicon Valley where he held many roles including the Vice President of Operations at Liberate Technologies, Vice President of Operations at DemandTec and Vice President of Technical Operations at MobiTV. Additionally he has served in multiple capacities as a Board of Director for technology companies both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Turner is a former US Marine and US Veteran. He is fluent in Spanish and conversationally adept in Mandarin. He holds a BS in Economics and a MS in Information Systems from Louisiana State University.

Mr. Turner can be contacted at 858-598-4604 or dturner@parallel6.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.