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Mr. Catlin

Jeff Catlin

Co-Founder and CEO, Lexalytics, Inc

Jeff Catlin has over 20 years of experience in the fields of search, classification and text analytics products and services. He has held technical, managerial and senior management positions within a variety of companies including Thomson Financial and Sovereign Hill Software. Mr. Catlin's experience building text based applications for companies like Thompson Financial where he built a finance news search application showed the need for a set of text mining tools. This need eventually led him to create Lexalytics to provide these text services that had previously been built from scratch. His depth of experience in Search and Text Analytics has made him a frequent speaker at text mining conferences and a frequent guest submitter at blog sites across the internet (for example a video for network world that explains how and why search and text analytics systems compliment one another. Prior to the formation of Lexalytics, Mr. Catlin acted as the General Manager for the unstructured data group of LightSpeed Software where he was responsible for sales, marketing and development efforts for the Knowledge Appliance and iFocus products. Prior to joining LightSpeed, he was co-owner of PleasantStreet Technologies which produced a news-filtering product for Thompson Financial. Mr. Catlin is currently co-founder and CEO of Lexalytics, Inc. Lexalytics software turns conversations into profitable business decisions. Built without any venture funding, Lexalytics is a profitable company that builds the most important engine for social text mining. Relying heavily on automation and a very senior group of people, Mr. Catlin's company has gone from launching the world's first commercial sentiment analysis engine to processing billions of documents a day for the top social listening and customer experience management companies in the world. Re-investing millions of dollars a year into development and operations has kept Lexalytics at the forefront of innovation and ahead of the competition for the past twelve years. Mr. Catlin graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987.

Please visit www.lexalytics.com for more information.

Mr. Catlin can be contacted at 1-617-249-1049 or sales@lexalytics.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.