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Mr. Bilicic

David Bilicic

Senior Vice President , Magid

As Senior Vice President, David Bilicic leads new business development for Magid, a consumer-centered business strategy company delivering courageous thinking that shapes better experiences, products and services.

Mr. Bilicic brings impressive research and consulting experience to his work across several verticals including Travel/Hospitality, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail, CPG and Automotive. In the past year alone he has been instrumental in the development of proprietary research specific to the consumer behaviors surrounding subscription-based services, as well as a deep dive into the private label space.

Standing on their industry-defining service, Magid is grounded by a rare combination of tailor-made research, a deep understanding of human behavior and operational expertise.

Prior to joining Magid, Mr. Bilicic was Global Head of Sales & Strategic Partnerships at Realeyes - a company that determines consumers' emotional response to video and digital advertising. Before Realeyes, he gained supplier-side experience at a range of companies including: Lightspeed Research (Kantar / WPP), GfK, Research Now, IRI, and Nielsen. Notably, while at Gfk, Mr. Bilicic developed the Travel/Hospitality vertical from scratch, growing it to $10 million during his tenure.

In addition to his deep research background, Mr. Bilicic is also able to connect with the client-side perspective having honed his skills at Tropicana, Taco Bell, and Abbott Labs. He is frequently quoted in the media and has spoken at past industry events, including IIEX.

Mr. Bilicic earned degrees in HR / Organizational Development and Fitness / Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University, and also earned an MBA from The Ohio State University.

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

Mr. Bilicic can be contacted at +1 215-740-7337 or dbilicic@magid.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.