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Mr. Armbruster

Dennis Armbruster

Vice President and Managing Partner, LoyaltyOne Consulting

As Vice President of LoyaltyOne Consulting Dennis Armbruster leads the development of innovative, analytics-driven loyalty strategies for clients throughout North America. He has more than two decades of consulting experience in the retail, financial, airline, hospitality, telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors and is an expert in CRM and customer-centric strategy, operation and implementation. He draws from his extensive background to direct a team of internationally recognized practitioners working with companies across the business spectrum, including Walgreens, Hertz, Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Tim Horton's, Kellogg's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Visa International. By looking at loyalty from an enterprise-wide perspective, Mr. Armbruster helps cultivate LoyaltyOne Consulting's leadership in sophisticated analytics, financial modeling and concept innovation to develop breakthrough initiatives in customer strategy and experience design. The solutions Mr. Armbruster and his team deliver are grounded in deep consumer insights and custom-tailored to create new economic opportunities. In addition to his role as Vice President of LoyaltyOne Consulting, Dennis is also COLLOQUY's Editor-at-Large where he oversees the editorial direction of the COLLOQUY's resources devoted to the global loyalty-marketing industry. Prior to his role at LoyaltyOne Consulting, Mr. Armbruster developed his loyalty marketing acumen with Carlson Marketing Worldwide, rising to the position of Vice President, Customer Loyalty and CRM. Dennis is also a former Partner at Peppers and Rogers Group. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Business Development for Lifetouch Inc., where he guided the photography company's rapid retail expansion across the U.S. Mr. Armbruster also currently sits on the board of the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation called 'MarketingEDGE,' which works to educate, develop, grow and employ students in the field of marketing.

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Mr. Armbruster can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or darmbruster@loyalty.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.