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Mr. Maggio

Anthony Maggio

Co-Founder & Head of Product, CheckMate

Anthony Maggio has spent most of his career finding ways to improve customer experiences. As frequent business travelers, Maggio and his CheckMate co-founders, Drew Patterson and Brian McManus, observed that the hospitality industry lagged behind others in the travel sector, particularly car rentals and airlines, when it came to early adoption of mobile technology. Together they set out to bring innovative, mobile, customer experiences to the hotel industry. 
Mr. Maggio is responsible for product management and customer success. Prior to co-founding CheckMate, Maggio started a new form of travel agency for Jetsetter, using the insight of experienced travel writers to develop and organize custom trips for the site's members. As the strategic projects leader at Jetsetter, he expanded the company into media sales and lead generation for high-end travel providers. Early in his career, Mr. Maggio was a business technology analyst at Deloitte Consulting where he spent 80 percent of his time living out of hotel rooms and gaining important insight into their operations. Mr. Maggio is a University of Pennsylvania alumnus, with a degree in Political Science.

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Mr. Maggio can be contacted at 888-997-2432 ext 504 or anthony@checkmate.io

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.