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Mr. Pearson

Bryan Pearson

President & CEO, LoyaltyOne Inc.

With more than two decades experience developing meaningful customer relationships for some of the world's leading companies, Bryan Pearson is an internationally recognized expert and author in the fields of enterprise loyalty and coalition marketing. As President of LoyaltyOne, a pioneer in loyalty strategies and measured marketing, he heads six global enterprises, leveraging the knowledge of 120 million customer relationships over 20 years to create relevant communications and enhanced shopper experiences. A sought-after speaker and author of the forthcoming book The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, Mr. Pearson has presented in North and South America, Europe and Asia at such well-known events as Loyalty World, Card Forum and the Economic Club of Canada. He also is a frequent speaker at conferences hosted by the Direct Marketing Association and the Canadian Marketing Association. Mr. Pearson has been quoted in more than 150 U.S. news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a regular contributor to Retail Customer Experience, Customer Think, Creative Match and COLLOQUY and has been widely quoted in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, National Post and Direct Marketing News. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Alliance Data, owner of LoyaltyOne. The Loyalty Leap: Turning Customer Information into Customer Intimacy, will be published in May 2012 by the Portfolio imprint of Penguin Group in both the US and Canada. The book draws on Mr. Pearson's first-hand experience in building emotional loyalty in an information age, with insightful stories from the trenches of the data-gathering and marketing communications fields. The Loyalty Leap details strategies for building unwavering customer loyalty while also navigating the minefields of privacy. While other business books address customer service and data as the abstract fruit of technology, only The Loyalty Leap reveals how shopper data can be used as the cornerstone upon which to build intimate customer relationships, leading to profitable growth in the new era of marketing. For information and book pre-orders, visit www.pearson4loyalty.com. Mr. Pearson joined Alliance Data (formerly The Loyalty Group) in 1992, was appointed President of the AIR MILES Reward Program (AMRP) in 1999 and of LoyaltyOne in 2006. Since then, Mr. Pearson spearheaded LoyaltyOne's expansion into South America and the launch of AIR MILES My Planet and AIR MILES for Social Change, growing AMRP to more than 10 million accounts - two-thirds of Canadian households. In 2010, LoyaltyOne earned more than 30 awards for its role as a best employer, its green initiatives, its marketing and its human resources. Prior to LoyaltyOne, Mr. Pearson launched his career in brand marketing at the Quaker Oats Co. of Canada, followed by a position in technology/software at Alias Research Inc.

Mr. Pearson can be contacted at 416-228-6500 or bpearson@loyalty.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.