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Mr. Clervi

Anthony Clervi

Vice President, UNA Purchasing Solutions

Anthony Clervi is the vice president of growth at UNA Purchasing Solutions, a Kansas City, Missouri-based group purchasing organization dedicated to helping businesses and organizations across multiple industries improve their financial and operational performance. UNA Purchasing Solutions began in 2003, serving primarily the healthcare and education markets. Today, UNA operates with Vizient, a supply contracting company, to provide members with an extensive, competitive supply portfolio across industries. UNA Purchasing Solutions and Vizient provide members with more than $60 billion in combined annual purchasing power. Having previously served as a business consultant for ServiceLive and a marketing manager for HomeAdvisor, Mr. Clervi provides consistent leadership and strategic direction for company success. He specializes in helping top companies, hospitality groups, and trade associations lower their operational costs and improve their supply chain management techniques. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from McKendree University. Mr. Clervi's thought leadership has been featured in publications ranging from Chief Executive to Corp! Magazine to NonProfit PRO. His philanthropic interests include improving access to education and healthcare, and he's a proponent of expanding students' interest in science and technology. Within the Kansas City community, Mr. Clervi contributes to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Special Olympics Kansas. He's an active member of the KC Enterprise Network and supports local church organizations.

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

Mr. Clervi can be contacted at 573-445-4321 or info@unapurchasing.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.