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Mr. Koppelberger

Aaron Koppelberger

National Director of Service, Cintas First Aid & Safety

Aaron Koppelberger is the National Director of Service for Cintas' First Aid & Safety division. In this role, his main focus is on all North American service departments with oversight on the AED product segment.

Cintas, who serves over 1 million customers, is an industry leader in work apparel programs, fire protection, restroom and facility services and first aid & safety supplies. Since its inception, the First Aid & Safety division has deployed more than 70,000 AEDs with 20,000+ AEDs currently under active service agreements and over 700 AED saves to date.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Koppelberger has a passion for AEDs and training. Previously, he proudly served his country as an Army officer. Most recently, he has spent the past 15 years at Cintas in a variety of roles including: Service Manager, General Manager and Regional Business Manager, managing key customer relationships and leading business development.

Mr. Koppelberger has a Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Tampa. Mr. Koppelberger is based in Cintas' Dallas office.

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Mr. Koppelberger can be contacted at +1 469-909-5135 or koppelbergera@cintas.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.