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Mr. Brader

Reto Brader

Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Business Development, Barix AG

Reto Brader is VP of Worldwide Sales & Business Development at Barix AG, a Zürich, Switzerland based manufacturer of Audio over IP solutions, codecs and IoT devices for the Audio/Video, broadcast, security, retail and hospitality markets. Barix offers expertise and tailored solutions for system integrators that need to implement audio communications and control for a variety of applications in a cost effective professional way. Since joining Barix, Mr. Brader has assisted many small and large companies in implementing an audio distribution strategy while consulting small and large hotel and retail chains in particular. Mr. Brader brings 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing and sales development in the audio, video and datacom technology space. He holds a Master's degree in Business and Administration (MBA) from University of Alberta; and a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from Fachochschule Brugg/Windisch. Mr. Brader is an expert on digital content distribution technologies, and has served at a speaker at recent audio-video industry events including the ISE conference in Amsterdam. Before joining Barix, Mr. Brader worked as a Sales Manager at IMS, where he helped customers improve their communications and management efficiency through innovative, user-friendly software-defined solutions. Before that, Mr. Brader held high level positions at Utah-Scientific, a broadcast equipment supplier where he served as Director of Business Development for three years; and Pixelmetrix Corp., where he served as General Manager of Regional Offices for nearly a decade. He began his career with Alcatel and Hewlett Packard in Switzerland and Canada as Product Manager, where he spent nearly five years.

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

Mr. Brader can be contacted at 414-343-32211 or sales@barix.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.