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Mr. Karmis

Christos Karmis

President, Mobilite

Christos Karmis is the President of Mobilitie, the leading wireless infrastructure provider of neutral-host Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cell and Wi-Fi networks.

Mr. Karmis oversees Mobilitie's major DAS and Wi-Fi installations across some of the largest venues in the United States, including the implementation of one of the world's largest and most robust Wi-Fi networks in the hospitality industry at all MGM Resort properties in Las Vegas. Mr. Karmis and the Mobilitie team recently helped set the national record during the 2014 Kentucky Derby for the highest mobile data traffic ever transmitted through a DAS network during an event.

Some of Mobilitie's other marquee deployments this year include The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Edward Jones Dome (home of the St. Louis Rams), The Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals), Nationwide Arena (home of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and location of the 2015 NHL All Star Game, the Honda Center (home of the Anaheim Ducks), and many other large venues in the US.

Before joining Mobilitie, Mr. Karmis specialized in real estate advisory services and the wireless communications industry with Deloitte Consulting. While at Deloitte, he provided operational and network optimization strategies to the world's largest wireless carriers.

Mr. Karmis holds an MBA from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida, a Management Certificate from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

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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.