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Mr. Schwinger

Joe Schwinger

Chief Executive Officer, MeetingPlay

Conceptualizing solutions to challenges is a core value for CEO and co-Founder of MeetingPlay, Joe Schwinger. From an early age, where others saw adversity, Mr. Schwinger crafted solution-based opportunities. This innovative approach to problem-solving, as well as the insider experience Mr. Schwinger has gained through his career in the hospitality and technology industries, have resulted in the premier event technology solutions that MeetingPlay provides.

As the CEO of MeetingPlay, Mr. Schwinger continues to architect solutions to the challenges faced by event and meeting professionals and the events they plan, and he is credited for the holistic approach to event technology that is MeetingPlay's foundation. The event technology solutions MeetingPlay provides for meetings and events of all sizes is attributed to both Mr. Schwinger's tech know-how and his ability to lead and develop a culture of innovative and talented employees committed to success.

A seasoned entrepreneur, before co-founding MeetingPlay in 2011 and beginning to serve as its CEO, Mr. Schwinger built and lead several successful business initiatives. Prior to his entrepreneurial experiences, he was key to developing global e-commerce solutions with individual properties for Marriott International. First, he built the ecommerce organization for the Eastern Region at Marriott, which involved dedicated plans for all full-service hotels in the region. Then he oversaw ecommerce for North America during a reorganization to help build the foundation of ecommerce at Marriott globally. Through his experiences at Marriott, Mr. Schwinger saw what the future of meetings could look like and started his own venture to make that vision a reality.

Mr. Schwinger studied internet and ecommerce strategy at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

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

Mr. Schwinger can be contacted at 877-446-1481 or hello@meetingplay.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.