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Ms. Kaucic

Grace Kaucic

Associate Marketing Manager, TDn2K

Grace Kaucic is the Associate Marketing Manager at TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge), a leading software and solution provider for the foodservice industry. Ms. Kaucic joined the TDn2K marketing team in 2015 after interning in the operations department. She is now responsible for the execution of digital marketing strategies as well as content creation, including articles, videos, graphics and emails. During her tenure with TDn2K, she has written numerous articles on the restaurant industry, covering topics such as employee benefits, operational performance and digital marketing.

Ms. Kaucic is native to Silver Lake, Ohio and received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from John Carroll University in Cleveland in 2015. During her time at university, she worked as the Op/Ed and Editorial editor for The Carroll News, the university's award-winning weekly newspaper. Upon graduation, she moved immediately to Dallas, Texas to begin her work with TDn2K.

TDn2K is the parent company of People Report, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Social Intelligence. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members on a monthly basis. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. TDn2K membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, 2.5 million employees and $68 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry events including the Global Best Practices Conference held annually each January in Dallas, Texas.

 

Please visit http://www.tdn2k.com for more information.

Ms. Kaucic can be contacted at 214-238-4172 or grace.kaucic@tdn2k.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.