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Mr. Guest

Jason Guest

Account Manager, Americas, Aptilo Networks

Jason Guest is an Account Manager for Aptilo Networks, the global leader in pre-integrated management solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi, WiMAX™ and LTE networks. Mr. Guest is responsible for sales in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Prior to joining Aptilo, Mr. Guest was responsible for information technology sales at Regus plc., the world's largest provider of workplace solutions. While there he helped to introduce and implement the sales strategy for a new information technology products and services division. Other areas of experience include implementing a SAP solution for The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, focusing on CRM, HR, supply chain, finance, training, and procurement. Currently Mr. Guest is actively working to expand Aptilo's market presence in the hospitality sector, focusing on adding new features and functionality catering to this industry with solutions including Guest Internet Access and other service management and policy control solutions in the implementation of mobile broadband. With a broad information technology background, Mr. Guest's responsibilities also include working on initiatives with large enterprise clients, public and municipal Wi-Fi as well as the healthcare industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Global Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Directed at international marketing, global finance, as well as international trade and investment, the educational background of Mr. Guest is suited to working on a multinational level. Also while enrolled at the University of Phoenix, Mr. Guest received a Project Management Certificate, obtaining the proficiency necessary to control projects of varying sizes and degrees of scope. Other areas of interests include world travel, having just returned from an excursion to SE Asia, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking, and all things technology.

Mr. Guest can be contacted at 917-414-9262 or jason.guest@aptilo.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.