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Mr. Laxton

Justin Laxton

Chief Operating Officer, Weiner's Ltd.

Justin Laxton is the Chief Operating Officer of Weiner's Ltd. and AllTravelSizes.com. Since 1991, Weiner's has been working to become a trusted supplier of brand name travel size products to businesses ranging from intimate B&B's to large five star hotels, gift shops in hospitals and airports, as well as airlines and charter services, college bookstores, e-commerce, pharmacies, vending, government institutions, charities and event planners. 

The company was founded by Alan Weiner, who after traveling around the world, built Weiner's based on his vision to service the needs of fellow travelers. For over 25 years, Weiner's has worked with numerous non-profits to help maximize their budgets for various events and projects. Weiner's strives to offer a one-stop shopping experience for brand-name and specialty travel related products with quick turnarounds and competitive wholesale prices.

Mr. Laxton plays a large role in the ongoing success of Weiner's. His professional background includes a previous position at Weiner's as the Sales and Marketing Manager, where he oversaw website migrations, as well as integration of AllTravelSizes.com to the company.

In Mr. Laxton's current position at Weiner's as the Chief Operating Officer, he oversees operations including sales, customer service, and shipping, as well as manages all aspects of the e-commerce website and 3rd party marketplace store.

Mr. Laxton received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He continues to reside in the Madison area.

Please visit https://weinersltd.com for more information.

Mr. Laxton can be contacted at 608-906-3554 or justin@weinersltd.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.