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Mr. Lindquist

Alan Lindquist

Regional Director, Skyriver Communications

Alan Lindquist is Vice President of Sales at Skyriver Communications, Inc., and is primarily responsible for driving top line revenue growth through sales of commercial broadband, hospitality Wi-Fi, and conference or event broadband services. Currently with Skyriver, a Southern California fixed wireless Internet Service Provider, Mr. Lindquist's previous work experience spans fiber and legacy copper based Internet providers, and mobile wireless voice and data providers. Mr. Lindquist is witness to the strong and consistent growth over the last decade in broadband demand among businesses and individuals. The proliferation of hand held computing devices and cloud based applications and services are driving growth in his industry even in challenging economic environments. Mr. Lindquist has been directly involved in dozens of Hotel Wi-Fi and conference broadband deployments. With a thorough understanding of data communication challenges in a dynamic and mobile environment, he has delivered solutions that aid guest productivity and the profitability of the property. Mr. Lindquist helps hotel General Managers achieve top scores for guest services while leveraging broadband as a revenue center. With an MBA and a 20-year background in advanced communications technology, Mr. Lindquist prepares business sensible solutions to problems that can be resolved through better communications platforms. A technology industry veteran, Mr. Lindquist has more than two decades of sales and business management experience spanning start up companies to Fortune 500 Enterprises.

Mr. Lindquist can be contacted at 858-812-9343 or alindquist@skyriver.net

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.