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Mr. Parks

Noah Parks

Vice President Digital Marketing, LeadGenix

As VP of Digital Marketing for Leadgenix, Noah Parks is a leading Internet marketing and website promotion expert with 15 years of experience in both retail eCommerce and B2B lead generation. Mr. Parks also serves as the Director of Marketing for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International in New York City, a global organization representing all segments of the hospitality industry. As VP of Digital Marketing for Leadgenix, Mr. Parks helps shape the company's direction and works closely with the fulfillment team. Mr. Parks is active in providing training & consulting on Internet Marketing to companies and organizations on-site and via web conferences worldwide such as: Kravet Luxury Home Furnishings, Nespresso, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Mont Blanc, and True Blue, to name a few. Mr. Parks excels at adapting and integrating key digital marketing strategies to companies' specific goals and locations and has done so to hundreds of corporate executives and entrepreneurs around the United States and Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. Parks's entry into the digital world began when his creative and entrepreneurial spirit led him to launch his own candle, bath and body line while on track to attend medical school. In the mid 90's, as the Internet was gaining a foothold in the marketplace, Mr. Parks recognized just how critical of a role it would play in the success of his business. From there, his passion for understanding how to best utilize the Internet and digital marketing grew, and became the launch pad for what would become a new career path. When he's not helping organizations grow their business, Noah can be found speaking at charity events to raise money for non-profit organizations benefiting children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. As a father of six, He also enjoys jumping off of tall buildings and running into oncoming traffic.

Mr. Parks can be contacted at 801-805-2532 or nparks@leadgenix.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.