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Mr. Crellin

Roger Crellin

President of the Americas, iBAHN

Roger Crellin joined iBAHN in early 2011 as President for the Americas. In this role, he directs all aspects of iBAHN's broadband, convention, networks and IPTV business for the region and also has responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day direct management of the Americas region. He serves on the iBAHN global management leadership council which is responsible for the strategy of the global business and its customer direction. He is based in Denver, Colorado, at the company's regional headquarters office for the Americas. Mr. Crellin's specialization is driving the commercial success of technology applications. Prior to joining iBAHN, he served as the managing director of Acentic, a European competitor, for nearly six years. During his highly successful tenure, Mr. Crellin managed the company's European financial, operations, sales and marketing performance across seven subsidiaries and more than 20 territories. He also successfully expanded the company's European sales and operations distribution throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. These activities resulted in a more robust customer facing and financially secure business which was successfully acquired under a trade sale in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Acentic, Mr. Crellin served as general manager, consumer digital services at Fujifilm. In this role, he was charged with leading the division's successful migration to digital printing. During this time he was recognized by an Australian Federal Government study and the University of Technology Sydney as a leader in the positive management of technological change impacts on operating businesses. Mr. Crellin has deep experience in managing businesses in more than thirty countries across four continents, and has considerable global hospitality industry experience, including serving as chief operating officer for the International Hotels Association, Australia. Originally studying economics whilst working in the finance and hotel industries Mr. Crellin earned a masters degree from the Melbourne Business School where he focused on international distribution strategy. He epitomizes the industry and the adage “think like a hotelier.”

Mr. Crellin can be contacted at 801-952-2019 or rcrellin@ibahn.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.