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Ms. Greener

Catherine Greener

Vice President of Sustainability, Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Catherine Greener is Vice President of Sustainability for Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Ms. Greener joined Xanterra in September of 2012 and is responsible for overseeing Xanterra's corporate environmental initiatives. Greener brings more than 25 years of experience in the implementation of sustainability, lean manufacturing, and quality management systems to Xanterra. Ms. Greener has applied her problem-solving skills, experience, and ISO 14000/Six Sigma/ISO 9000 quality management standards to lead sustainability and resource efficiency projects for small and large companies in various industries, ranging from food & beverage processing to the automotive, chemical, semi-conductor, facility automation (robotics), and construction industries. Prior to joining Xanterra, Ms. Greener's experience included VP of Sustainability Consulting at Saatchi & Saatchi S, Team Leader Commercial and Industrial Team, Rocky Mountain Institute and Director of Quality and Customer Focus for ABB Flexible Automation. She is regularly invited to speak on various sustainability topics including strategy, employee engagement and integrating sustainability into marketing messages. Ms. Greener holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a MBA from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Greener can be contacted at 303-600-3400 or info@xanterra.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.