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Ms. Collins

Jackie Collins

Senior Director Real Estate & Hospitality Division, Arthur J. Gallagher

Jackie Collins is the Senior Director of Arthur J. Gallagher's Real Estate and Hospitality division. Her office is located in the Houston, TX. This office is the hub of Gallagher's Hospitality group and services more than $125,000,000 in annual Hospitality premiums.

She began her career in the Insurance industry in 1990 at Ross & Yerger, Inc. She joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in 2003 in an effort to provide her clients additional resources and more comprehensive service through Gallagher's global network.

As a licensed property & casualty broker, her primary duties include the production, management and marketing of accounts associated with the Real Estate and Hospitality industries. She specializes in designing risk management programs by way of traditional insurance mechanisms as well as alternative risk transfer options. She has in depth knowledge of designing layered property programs for mid to large size companies. Her passion is providing outstanding service and a high level of expertise to clients in the Hospitality industry especially in high hazard areas.

Ms. Collins has earned the following designations: Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Risk Manager and Certified Professional Insurance Woman designations. Her most prized honor is being named Power Broker in 2015 by Risk & Insurance.

Ms. Collins is very active in the Hospitality industry. She participates in a number of Hotel Business Roundtables and industry conferences such as the Hospitality Lodging Conference, the American Lodging Investment Summit, Meet the Money Conference, the Hospitality Law Conference, California Lodging Investment Conference and others.


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

Ms. Collins can be contacted at 713-623-2330 or jackie_collins@ajg.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.