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Dr. Garlick

Rick Garlick

Vice President, Strategy Consultant, Magid

Dr. Rick Garlick recently joined Magid as Vice President, Strategy Consultant. During a career that has spanned over two decades, he has worked with the most prestigious hospitality and travel companies in the world, in a variety of research and consulting roles. He has a diverse research and consulting background that includes extensive experience with guest experience management, employee engagement measurement and training; talent selection; brand research; customer satisfaction and loyalty programs; image and awareness studies; and national opinion polling.

Dr. Garlick is a current a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and the former Global Travel and Hospitality Practice Lead at J.D. Power where he provided industry thought leadership to the company's clients in the hotel, rental car, airline, destination, gaming, and cruise line industries. His resume' also includes experience with two of the most prestigious research companies in North America: The Gallup Organization and Maritz Research.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Garlick worked in media and entertainment, financial services, utilities, manufacturing, retail, association, and not-for- profit research. Prior to entering the private sector, he taught courses in research methods, marketing, and persuasive communication at Michigan State University and DePaul University in Chicago.

A frequent conference speaker, Dr. Garlick has published numerous articles in industry and academic journals. He has also appeared on such national media outlets as MSNBC, CNBC, CNNfn, Bloomberg Television, and National Public Radio, as well as being quoted in a number of national publications.

Dr. Garlick has served as chair of the Research Committee for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association (HSMAI) Foundation Board and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). He received a Ph.D. in communication studies from Michigan State University.

Please visit http://www.magid.com for more information.

Dr. Garlick can be contacted at 224-500-6888 or rgarlick@magid.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.