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Mr. Housman

Aaron Housman

Partner, Elevate Research

Aaron Houseman brings over twenty years of executive experience working in high touch industries. He joined Elevate as a partner in the company in 2013, where he oversees new client acquisition, survey program implementation and strategic partnerships. Mr. Houseman is also President of the Board of Directors for the Bluewater Theater Group. Previously, Mr. Houseman was Founder/CEO of Med Legal, where he grew the company from one employee to 125 employees before selling the company in 2007. The company had offices and employees spread across the United States. In the high touch industry of health management information, Med Legal was considered the gold standard for customer service. Elevate is the leader in easy to use, low cost guest feedback programs for restaurants, retailers and hotels. They are the first company to package the solutions and services of the larger survey research companies in a manner that is affordable for smaller operators.

Mr. Housman can be contacted at 952-456-1714 or aaron@elevateresearch.net

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.