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Mr. Bendaña

Fred Bendaña

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Creative Producers Group

Fred Bendaña is Senior Vice President for Creative Producers Group, a leading producer of large-scale business meetings, special events, media production, and marketing communications. In his role, Mr. Bendaña leads new business development; existing customer growth and retention; brand and market communications; and overall top-line sales and profit growth. Mr. Bendaña has more than 15 years of experience supporting leading multinational clients with customer marketing and employee engagement endeavors. Prior to Creative Producers Group, Mr. Bendaña worked in various sales leadership roles at Maritz Motivation Solutions, the unit of Maritz Holdings that designs and manages customer loyalty solutions, employee recognition, sales and channel incentives for leading Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Bendaña earned his undergraduate degree in international business and marketing from Saint Louis University and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis - Olin Business School. He serves on the Maritz Corporate Giving Council, the alumni board of Washington University, the advisory board for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA), the marketing committee for the board of directors' at the Magic House, a Children's Museum in St. Louis, and is active in the American Marketing Association.

Mr. Bendaña can be contacted at 314-367-2255 or fbendana@getcreative.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.