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Mr. Rosser

Drew Rosser

VP of Business Development, Whiteboard Labs

Drew Rosser joined Whiteboard Labs in March of 2000 then known as Webvertising, to primarily focus on iHotelier CRS sales to hotels. After the sale of iHotelier to TravelCLICK in 2003 Mr. Rosser became the Director of Operations for the iHotelier division of TravelCLICK. Mr. Rosser started his hotel career in Orlando, Florida in 1990 then moved to Atlanta after accepting a position at Holiday Inn's Corporate Flagship Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, as the Assistant Guest Relations Manager. He was then promoted to Guest Relations Manager at another Holiday Inn property in the Atlanta area. Mr. Rosser's hotel operational background coupled with his technological experience gives him a unique insight to how a hotel or hotel chain should manage their online presence and electronic distribution. This covers everything from the hotel's Web site, to the booking engine, SEO and best practices in terms of revenue management for a hotel's overall distribution methodology. Working for a technology development firm, Mr. Rosser's experience level also includes product development, Web based application development, Software as a Service (SaaS) business model and new product launch. Mr. Rosser sits on the Board of Directors for Linx Technologies and Force 10. Both are technology based firms dealing with enterprise level systems for the spa and hotel industries.

Mr. Rosser can be contacted at 713-333-9944 or drosser@whiteboardlabs.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.