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Ms. Apke

Marie Apke

Chief Operating Officer, Bensinger, DuPont & Associates

Marie Apke is Chief Operating Officer of Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA), a leading EAP that promotes healthy outcomes for the workplace, employees, individuals and their families. Ms. Apke is a NAADAC Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a Certified Employee Assistance Program Professional (CEAP), an International Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (ICCGC), a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (CCGC), and a Certified Problem and Compulsive Gambling Counselor (PCGC) with extensive training in the diagnosis, referral and treatment of addictive illness, including those of alcohol/drugs and problem and compulsive gambling. She has extensive experience in establishing and implementing EAP policies and programs. Ms. Apke has developed a network of both Associate and provider staff on a nationwide basis and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the quality of care for assessment, referral and treatment. She believes the possibility of change and the potential that EAP has in influencing change. BDA is one of the ten largest EAPs in the nation, serving approximately 10 million lives. The firm's diverse offerings, flexibility, and case management approach ensure an individualized experience for its customers. To view Stressed at Work: What We Can Learn From EAP Utilization please visit: http://www.bensingerdupont.com/images/contentfiles/BDA_White_Paper_2013.pdf.

Ms. Apke can be contacted at 312-726-8620 or marie.apke@bensingerdupont.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.