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Dr. Marr

Marvee Marr

Assist. Professor, Forbes School of Business, Ashford University; Faculty Member Glion Online

Dr. Marvee Marr is a full-time Assistant Professor at the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University in San Diego, CA. She has been working with Glion on a part-time basis for almost 3 years. Her current position with Glion is as trainer, mentor, dissertation advisor and online instructor. Dr. Marr received a Doctor of Business Administration in International Business from Argosy University, a Master of Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration from Inter American University, a Master of Fine Arts in Combined Writing from Columbia College, and An Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Women Studies from University of Missouri. Dr. Marr has been teaching in higher education for almost two decades. She has taught abroad for more than a decade of her career in areas such as Mexico, Brazil, and Central and Eastern Europe. Previous to her current position, Dr. Marr served as an Assistant Professor for University of Wisconsin, City University of Seattle-Europe and ITESM in Mexico. She has a background in corporate human resources, hospitality and social science marketing. Dr Marr is the co-author and editor of "Doing Business Abroad: A Handbook for Expatriates". Asongu, J., Ho C., & Marr, M. Greenview Publishing Company (2007).

Dr. Marr can be contacted at marvee.marr@faculty.gliononline.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.