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Mr. Ely

David Ely

President, CEO, Energy Design Service Systems

After more than three decades in the lighting design and supply industry, David E. Ely founded Energy Design Services Systems (EDSS) in 2007. Originally headed to a creative arts college, with dreams for a career with Disney, Mr. Ely forged a new path in the lighting industry as he made the sacrifice to follow in his father's footsteps.

Mr. Ely quickly found himself exceeding expectations, establishing lighting customers and unique designs for companies such as Taco Bell, Ford (World Headquarters), Detroit's Cobo Hall, AutoNation, Mercedes-Benz Autohaus green concept, and a part of the winning team in the International Store Design Competition for the Nalley Lexus Galleria.

Eventually, his innovative methods lead him to uncover a new industry to provide new incentive programs to his clients, through efficient and sustainable building practices. Recognizing the vital importance these incentives had on his clients as well as the application across industries, Mr. Ely ventured off on his own to manifest his vision of the EDSS business model.

While established through Mr. Ely's passion, creativity, and attention to detail, EDSS is the cultivation of expertise that has propelled it to become a national authority on commercial energy efficiency. The EDSS team encompasses fourteen national offices boasting a diverse group of professional backgrounds including Professional Engineering, Architecture, Interior and Lighting Design, IT and Database Management, Accounting, Law and Legislation, and Professional Grant Writing, with formal education from University of Michigan, Oxford, and Illinois Institute of Technology to name a few.

The EDSS team extends beyond the office through our executive board of community leaders, university chairs, political offices, and Fortune 500 company executives. Although Mr. Ely does not define himself by his professional success alone, EDSS has excelled landing a position with INC. Magazine's Fastest Growing 500|5000 Companies List, and has recently been featured on 21st Century Business' Television Series Energy Efficiency Solutions for Commercial Environments. EDSS' success is a direct reflection of Mr. Ely's vision, values, and passion for creative & energy efficient lighting for clientele.

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

Mr. Ely can be contacted at 810-227-3377 or davidely@edssenergy.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.