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Mr. Salisbury

Ralph Salisbury

Senior Vice President, Impact Enterprises, Inc.

Supporting and participating in socially conscious endeavors is an important part of Mr. Salisbury's personal and professional life. He believes a stronger sense of balance in life can be achieved through some participation in activities that focus on 'giving-back'. “Success should be shared, not divided or apportioned as some fear, just shared through a contribution of time, and funds if possible. Time can be the most personally rewarding of contributions due to a physical connection, however, watching a financial contribution make a difference in someone, some family, and some group's life can be equally rewarding.” Mr. Salisbury's professional successes has enabled him to be an active supporter in several areas of giving-back, and now as Senior Vice President of Impact Enterprises, Inc., has established a corporate responsibility program for the company that includes a 'staff-championed-causes' initiative that allows Impact's staff to be active participants in meaningful 'giving-back'. A degree in business from Syracuse University lead Mr. Salisbury to Wall Street, then onto his own business, and finally to Impact Enterprises, Inc. His professional experiences include credit oriented real estate investment for state and municipal pension funds, wind energy development, communications, and marketing and advertising. Volunteer activities have included the Yellow Ribbon Fund at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC, Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX, Nelson-Tebedo Research Clinic in Dallas, TX, Veterans Village of San Diego, and VA Medical Centers in Portland, OR and Bend, OR. He is the proud father of two sons and two grandchildren, and enjoys being physically active by participating in a variety of outdoor activities that include rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, and paddle boarding. Yes, he does it all, and when possible with recipients of his 'giving-back'.

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

Mr. Salisbury can be contacted at 845-988-1900 or rsalisbury@impactenterprises.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.