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Mr. Schwab

Craig Schwab

Business Development Manager, AlliedBarton Security Services LLC

Craig Schwab, MBA, MA, CPP has been a senior member of AlliedBarton Security Services' New York City team for almost 10 years holding several positions in both operations and business development. In his current role as Business Development Manager, he is responsible for creating security programs that add value, protect assets, and provide a positive customer experience. On behalf of AlliedBarton, Mr. Schwab has led the New York City team in their efforts to develop and implement quality security programs for the hospitality industry with the underlying goal of understanding their unique culture, needs, and business objectives. Mr. Schwab was formerly a District Manager responsible for a large portfolio of Fortune 500, hospitality, financial service and Commercial Class “A” clients in Midtown. His responsibilities included administrative oversight, P&L management, training and developing subordinates, and client satisfaction. Mr. Schwab is a graduate of Baruch's Zicklin School of Business (MBA) as well as the graduate school at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the current NYC ASIS Chapter Board Treasurer, member of the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC), holds the distinction of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International and is an Adjunct Professor at The Long Island Business Institute in their Security Management Department.

Mr. Schwab can be contacted at 212-328-0211 or Craig.Schwab@alliedbarton.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.