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Mr. Xavier

Brandon Xavier

Founder, OnCall

Brandon Xavier is the Founder of OnCall, a mobile (for iOS and Android devices) service that enables consumers and businesses to recruit and retain experts from a multitude of industries. Along with reviews or background information about each professional, as well as the freedom to video chat with the candidates of your choosing, OnCall allows you to find and hire the right specialist - in just a few minutes. This achievement represents a broader theme concerning Brandon's approach to technology, and, with regard to clients and consultants, a more immediate and intimate way for businesses to connect with colleagues throughout the world. That principle humanizes technology: It is Brandon's acknowledgment that we are inherently social beings - we value face-to-face communications, or the appearance thereof - and, to the extent that a mobile application can bridge oceans and continents and reconfigure data into a high-resolution image of a friend or coworker, that the only thing separating two people at opposite sides of the globe is a wafer-thin piece of polished glass, when technology makes this possible - when it gets out of the way - it fulfills our most humane instincts. Brandon makes that experience possible by combining the eternal values of the liberal arts with the timely virtues of the latest forms of technology. This union gives users the options they want with the sense of personalization they crave. A native of Toronto, Brandon holds a BSc in Computer Science from Staffordshire University (UK) and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Please visit http://on-call.me/ for more information.

Mr. Xavier can be contacted at 416-877-2746 or brandon.xavier@voxsync.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.