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Mr. Barbera

Michael Barbera

CEO, Barbera Solutions

Michael Barbera is a Fortune 50 consumer psychologist and strategy consultant, angel investor and award-winning business strategist. He is a business psychologist who is involved in both practical and academic endeavors.

Mr. Barbera's areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, and marketing and long-term business strategies.

Mr. Barbera is currently employed as the CEO of Barbera Solutions and serves as a board member of several organizations. His clients can be found on the Fortune 50 list, ABC's Shark Tank, Bravo's Million Dollar Listing, The Food Network, and include Harley-Davidson, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Hurricanes, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense.

Mr. Barbera began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 13 in New York City hosting concerts for artists such as Warrant, the Goo Goo Dolls and 3 Doors Down. In 2015, the White House recognized Mr. Barbera for his contributions to entrepreneurship. This work includes development and validation of consumer emotions, consumer behavior, product placement, consumer interaction, business growth strategies and judgment and decision-making.

Additionally, Mr. Barbera is a highly sought keynote speaker. Mr. Barbera's keynote topics include observations and results of academic and practitioner research, and insights of social science.

Mr. Barbera is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Judgment and Decision-Making, the Society of Consumer Psychology and the National Speakers Association.

Mr. Barbera is completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics with a focus in time pressure and scarcity. He has a BS in Business Administration and two MBAs: entrepreneurship and executive management.

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

Mr. Barbera can be contacted at +1 800-584-8047 or mbarbera@barberasolutions.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.