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Mr. Wise

Brian Wise

Sales Manager, Infor CX

Brian Wise is the Sales Manager for the Infor Customer Experience Suite of products. In this role, he focuses on providing solutions to clients in the hospitality and travel industry that allow them to deliver targeted, personalized messages to their customers across all channels.

His areas of focus are omni-channel marketing, real-time data analytics and personalization, marketing resource management, and guest relationship management. His goal is to work with customers in the hospitality industry to better engage and service guests, to lead to a better return on investment.

Mr. Wise brings more than a decade of experience and a passion for engagement marketing. Previously, he has held positions at PepsiCo managing key customer relationships and developing strategic account plans, WB Mason, and most recently, Oracle where he managed Oracle Customer Experience Solutions for emerging businesses. He has a bachelor of arts from The University of New Hampshire.

Mr. Wise can be contacted at 617-774-8808 or brian.wise@infor.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.