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Mr. Kinard

Andy Kinard

President, Car Charging Group Inc.

As President of Miami Beach, Florida-based Car Charging Group Inc., Andy Kinard spearheads the company's mission to accomplish this goal by developing a nationwide infrastructure to provide, install and maintain conveniently-located electric car charging stations compatible with all electric vehicles at no cost to the business/property owner. Prior to joining Car Charging Group, Mr. Kinard was an integral part of the pioneering team tasked with developing the necessary infrastructure for charging electric vehicles (EV) at Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), one of the largest and highest-performing electric utilities in the nation. Through his 15-year engineering tenure with FPL, Mr. Kinard became immersed in numerous automobile and environment-related initiatives in Florida. Mr. Kinard is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Kinard was chosen as a guest speaker at the World Energy Congress in 2004 and served on the board of directors of the South Florida Manufacturing Association from 2000 to 2003.

Mr. Kinard can be contacted at 305-521-0200 or andy@carcharging.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.