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Ms. Zimmerman

Angel Zimmerman

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Sajan

Angel Zimmerman is co-founder and chief operating officer of Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system. She and her partner Shannon Zimmerman co-founded the company in 1997, and today it is a top-ranking vendor in a space of approximately 25,000 worldwide. In her day-to-day position as COO, Ms. Zimmerman oversees the Global Language Services team, a role to which she brings a solution-oriented approach and commitment to delivering value to each client. She has scaled the operations group to meet the rapid growth demands of the business with a special focus on a range of industries. In particular, these teams have seen tremendous growth in the marketing translation and localization needs within the dynamic travel and hospitality industry. Ms. Zimmerman has led initiatives to attain ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification in addition to Six Sigma methods to ensure more measurable and quantifiable solutions for her company's clients. With more than fifteen years of experience in the localization industry, Ms. Zimmerman heads up a production group that achieves some of the highest operating performance levels in the industry. Under Ms. Zimmerman's co-leadership, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and others. She sets an example for the rest of the company with her keen appreciation for the real-time nature of the hospitality industry's content localization needs. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Ms. Zimmerman's ability to blend first-class customer service and innovative technology—and expertly deploy them—has played a significant part in helping Sajan realize rapid and sustained growth. She finds great satisfaction in helping global companies expand their brand presence and see their messaging resonate with markets around the world.

Ms. Zimmerman can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or azimmerman@sajan.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.