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Ms. Bauer

Pam Bauer

Director Brand Development & Marketing, Callaway Resort & Gardens

As Director of Brand Development and Marketing, Pam Bauer serves as the Callaway Resort & Gardens' brand champion, setting the marketing and guest engagement strategy to further property's mission to, "Connect People and Nature in a way that benefits both".

An accomplished marketing and customer experience operations professional with proven success in start-up, turn-around and process improvement, Ms. Bauer brings passion and enthusiasm on her subject matter as well as expertise in brand development cultural initiatives, customer experiences, motivational speaking, customer journey mapping, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Team at Callaway Resort & Gardens, Ms. Bauer founded elevateXP in 2013, a boutique customer experience (CX) design consulting firm based on her belief that "If the experience is not by design, you're leaving it to default." Ms. Bauer is a proud Marketing and Management double major graduate of Mercer University's Stetson School of Business & Economics and a graduate of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program. Ms. Bauer also holds “Leadership in Service Excellence” certification from Cornell University and attended the International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.¬†

For more than 65 years, Callaway Resort & Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway includes a garden and resort on thousands of acres in the rolling Appalachian foothills of Pine Mountain, Georgia. ¬†Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and special events throughout the year, including one of National Geographic's top holiday light shows in the Nation, Fantasy In Lights.

 


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

Ms. Bauer can be contacted at 706-663-6804 or pbauer@callawaygardens.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.