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Mr. Link

Daniel Link

Assistant Vice President of Analytics, Gallagher Bassett

Dan Link currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Analytics at Gallagher Bassett. Gallagher Bassett is the world's premier provider of risk and claims management services, including workers' compensation, liability, property, risk control, and appraisal services.

Mr. Link has been with Gallagher Bassett for nearly three years and currently oversees client and prospect analytics, including new business opportunities, custom benchmark reports, client stewardships and proactive analytics that support ongoing program health and actionable insights.

Mr. Link consults with both clients and prospects to identify loss drivers, areas of program improvement, and potential cost saving opportunities. In his insurance career, which spans over 10 years of experience at GB, CNA and Zurich, he has held a variety of leadership positions, with experience across Property, WC, GL and Auto lines.

Mr. Link has held previous roles as a Director of Small Business Underwriting, CNA; Practice Leader for the manufacturing and real estate segments in Zurich's Middle Markets Commercial segment, marketing manager for Zurich's industry practices, and as a senior analyst within their Operations and Strategic Planning Group. Prior to the insurance world, Mr. Link was a social policy researcher at Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D. C.

Mr. Link holds a Master's in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago, a CPCU designation and a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University.

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

Mr. Link can be contacted at +1 630-438-1697 or daniel_link@gbtpa.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.