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Mr. Chacon

Raul Chacon

Western Regional Loss Control Manager, EMPLOYERS Insurance, Inc.

Raul Chacon is an expert on loss control and workplace safety. He is the Western Regional Loss Manager for EMPLOYERS, a workers' compensation insurance carrier for small businesses. During his more than 20 years at EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon has helped many hotel, restaurant, bar and other foodservice and hospitality small businesses take a strategic approach to risk management to improve their workplace safety programs, protect their employees' well-being and, ultimately, control their insurance-related costs. 

An accomplished insurance professional with a track record of contributions in risk management, loss control and safety training, Mr. Chacon is an expert at performing risk analysis for a variety of industries and making appropriate recommendations to reduce and prevent work-related injuries. Using his effective analytical, interpersonal, organization and communication skills, he has successfully coordinated and conducted training seminars for loss control staff, agents and policyholders. Additionally, he has overseen and implemented state regulatory requirements to ensure compliance and consistency throughout the Western region.  

Prior to joining EMPLOYERS, Mr. Chacon served for six years as a Senior Loss Control Consultant with Zenith Insurance Company. Mr. Chacon holds a BS degree in Industrial Technology from California State University-Fresno.

EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist®, offers workers' compensation insurance and services through Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company. Not all insurers do business in all jurisdictions. EMPLOYERS®, America's small business insurance specialist® and EACCESS® are registered trademarks of EIG Services, Inc.

Please visit http://www.employers.com for more information.

Mr. Chacon can be contacted at +1 888-682-6671 or RChacon@employers.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.