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Mr. Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum

Founder & CEO, YouVisit

Abi Mandelbaum is co-founder and CEO of YouVisit, the only fully integrated platform for creating, distributing, and monetizing virtual reality and other immersive experiences across all devices, including headsets, mobile, and desktop. YouVisit empowers businesses and institutions to create and share memorable interactive virtual experiences that both engage and convert target audiences. Under Mr. Mandelbaum's leadership, YouVisit has become an industry leader, working with thousands of clients around the world, including top businesses and institutions such as Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Carnival, Yale, Zumba, and New York's Central Park. Prior to co-founding YouVisit, Mr. Mandelbaum worked in influential positions at both EMC Corporation and The New York Times Company. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Brandeis University, where he also played on the Men's Varsity Tennis team. In 2010, he received a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a scholar for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Mr. Mandelbaum is a fervent advocate of youth entrepreneurship, and when he is not working he enjoys serving as mentor to younger generations, playing tennis, drums, and hiking with his wife and son.

Please visit http://www.youvisit.com for more information.

Mr. Mandelbaum can be contacted at 866.585.7158. or Abi Mandelbaum

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.