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Mr. Lodder

Doug Lodder

Senior Vice President of Business Development, Boingo Wireless, Inc.

Doug Lodder is the senior vice president of business development at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI). Boingo is a leading Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi provider with a vast network footprint that reaches more than one billion consumers annually in places as varied as hotels, airports, stadiums, universities and military bases. Mr. Lodder is responsible for Boingo's DAS, Offload and Wholesales businesses, where he oversees the strategy and development of Wi-Fi, DAS and Small Cell networks for the company's new and existing venue partnerships as well as the monetization of those networks through innovative partnerships with wireless carriers (DAS, Offload) and Wholesale partners (American Express, MasterCard). His teams work across the hospitality, sports and entertainment, transportation, commercial real estate and other vertical markets and are responsible for generating nearly half of Boingo's revenue. Mr. Lodder has nearly a decade of experience in managing telecommunications infrastructure in large-scale, high growth environments. Prior to joining Boingo, he was an early employee at Mobilitie where he was responsible for network strategy and the acquisition and development of telecommunications assets. Mobilitie was acquired in 2012 for $1.1 billion. Prior to Mobilitie, Mr. Lodder served in a variety of investment banking roles at Wedbush Securities. Mr. Lodder holds an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. He is a sought after industry expert, frequently speaking on conference panels regarding the guest experience, connectivity and how to address the ongoing mobile data explosion with the strategic installation of DAS and Wi-Fi networks.

Mr. Lodder can be contacted at 310-689-1163 or dlodder@boingo.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.