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Mr. Meek

Frank Meek

International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC

“Knowledge is power when it comes to effective pest management.” An industry veteran, Frank Meek has been with Orkin since 1986. In 2003, he was named among the future leaders of the pest management industry in Pest Control Technology magazine's “40 Under 40” ranking. Currently, as the International Technical and Training Director, Mr. Meek provides technical support and training in both sales and service to Orkin's international franchises, helping them grow and develop in their specific markets. As a board-certified entomologist, Mr. Meek teaches Integrated Pest Management principles and can explain how to use all available methodologies to prevent pest infestations in various commercial settings. Mr. Meek has experience in all areas of pest control, enabling him to provide a cross-industry overview of the role that pest management can play in improved safety and sanitation. His common-sense approach and extensive experience make him a natural media resource. Among other pest management topics, he is well versed in best pest management practices in hospitality environments. Mr. Meek is a regular speaker at National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and many international, state and regional pest control association meetings, as well as non pest control industry associations such as the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES). He has published many articles for the pest control industry trade magazines, as well as major media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and others. Meek has also represented Orkin on national television with appearances on shows such as the NBC Today Show, CNN and ABC News. Mr. Meek writes a monthly column called “Technicalities” for PMP magazine. In 2005, he co-authored the IPM Recommended Practice book for American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), which has become the standard for providing pest management service to the healthcare industry. In 2010, Mr. Meek authored the chapter on Occasional Invader Pest in the 10th edition of the Mallis Handbook to Pest Control Operations. Previously, Mr. Meek has contributed to HotelExecutive.com on topics ranging from pest management practices for LEED certification to bed bugs and integrating pest management into redesign plans.

Mr. Meek can be contacted at 404-888-2898 or fmeek@rollinscorp.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.