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Mr. Quezada

David Quezada

Vice President - Loss Control, EMPLOYERS

David M. Quezada has been Vice-President of Loss Control Services for EMPLOYERS since 2014. He is responsible for providing leadership, direction and management oversight of the loss control operations, ensuring field staff operates within established company/functional policies, procedures and guidelines. Mr. Quezada has served in various executive management positions with EMPLOYERS, most recently as Senior Vice President/General Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, from January 2006 to May 2014. He was responsible for the marketing and underwriting of business produced through non-traditional, strategic partnerships, and the identification of new, strategic partnership opportunities. Prior to that time, Mr. Quezada served as Vice-President, Loss Control, with Employers Compensation Insurance Company. He is an accomplished executive with extensive workers' compensation insurance industry experience and proven achievement in various corporate leadership positions. Mr. Quezada holds a B.A. degree from Cal Poly Pomona University. EMPLOYERS, America's small business insurance specialist®, offers workers' compensation insurance and services through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company. Insurance is not offered in all jurisdictions.

Please visit https://www.employers.com/ for more information.

Mr. Quezada can be contacted at 800-588-5200 or losscontrol@employers.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.