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Mr. Brown

Jason Brown

Senior Product Manager, GuestTek

Jason  Brown's love of the arts led him to study film at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.  But after  graduation, he discovered his affinity for business strategy and began a career in finance.   After several years, Mr. Brown inevitably gravitated towards roles which allowed him to bring his perspective to creative and innovative companies such as Alliance Atlatic, Veer, Corbis - and now GuestTek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.

Prior to GuestTek, Mr. Brown was the Director of Media Partners for Corbis, a major media licensing company. While with Corbis, Mr. Brown built their global third party offering, represented the company within the image licensing industry, identified new partnerships, brokered deals, negotiated contract terms, and was largely responsible for product line performance and business practices.

For the last 4 years, Mr. Brown has developed film studio relationships for GuestTek, streamlining their Video on Demand (VOD) workflow and developing processes to manage significant growth in their VOD product.  Mr. Brown has created a strategy to adapt the GuestTek business model to meet the evolving ways customers expect to access content. This ties in well with the latest addition to Mr. Brown's portfolio, his new role as Senior Product Manager of GuestTek's MyMedia product. MyMedia allows hotels to give guests the ability to stream content from Over-the-Top (OTT) Streaming Apps directly on the in-room TV. Mr. Brown is excited to be able to work with not only the content itself, but also on content delivery methods - both through MyMedia and on the future of VOD - at the intersection of art, business and technology.

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

Mr. Brown can be contacted at 403-975-8552 or jason.brownstone@gmail.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.