Wrapping Up 2015 to take on 2016

Thank you from HPN Global

Thank you for partnering with HPN Global for your site selection needs. We look forward to working with you to help ensure your meeting is an extraordinary success!

As you have many choices in excellent meeting management firms available, we hope you consider partnering with HPN Global Meeting Services for your meeting management needs. Our management philosophy is simple. We connect people, places, and ideas through meetings, events and conferences. We save our clients time and money while providing world class service. Our culture is to be passionate about what we do and the positive impact we have for our clients, our associates and the community.

HPN Global Meeting Services offer a broad scope of services so your program is customized to meet your specific and individual needs whether full service meeting management or a menu of a la carte services to fill in the blanks as needed. We are constantly improving and expanding our services to meet the needs of our clients.

  • Full or A la Carte Meeting Management Services
  • Fully Customized Registration and Housing Management
  • Destination Management
  • Creative and Theme Development
  • AV/ Production Management
  • Tradeshow and Exhibit Hall Management
  • On-Site and Registration Program Staffing

Please contact our amazing Vice President of Meeting Services, Jil Dasher or (319) 331-5304 for detailed information. Thanks again for teaming with HPN Global!

William J. Kilburg, CPA
Chairman and CEO
HPN Global
Phone: 480.998.9770
Cell: 480.221.6647
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Health Tips for Meeting Planners

Many people think that working hard, keeping up on technology, and thinking outside the box is all you need to be the very best at what you do. Although the aforementioned is true, lack of energy and clouded thinking will certainly prevent you from functioning at your best.

I equate this to having a cold and not feeling your best while trying to be on 100% of the time for your clients. It isn’t because your not good at what you do, it is because you don’t feed your body correctly. There are so m any things you can do to increase mental acuity, and improve your overall health and it all starts with what you put into your body.

Ever heard the saying you are what you eat? It is a fact that if you eat the wrong foods your body will respond with lethargy, muddled thinking and ultimately in the long run, health issues and adult onset diseases.

So your asking where do I start? Lets start with what not to do, artificial sweeteners, actually artificial anything.

How many of us are really aware of how many Splenda, Equal, Aspartame, Saccharin products are available in the foods we consume? Are you a label reader and do you check how many grams of sugar were added to the item? Was it replaced with an artificial sweetener to be a so called “diet food”? This is a huge mistake most people make thinking that because they replace sugar with a sweetener, they are healthier. Wrong! There is so much evidence of the damage these sweeteners cause to your body, it is incredible that they are still consumed by so many people.

Low sugar or no – sugar items were introduced to the general public to replace the large amounts of sugar in the average diet. Most people are unaware exactly how much sugar and or artificial sweeteners are added to your foods. Trust me that is why the food tastes so good, it is either loaded with sugar or an artificial sweetener.

The easiest way to figure out how much artificial sweetener is added to your food or beverage is to read the label. The largest ingredient of what the product is made from is listed first on the label, then followed in succession the next largest item and so on. Again, be a label reader. It takes two seconds to check the label for amounts of sugar and or artificial sweeteners added to your product. By taking those two seconds to read the label, you are already taking care of your body better than you have previously.

It’s very important to realize the Splenda (Sucralose) is actually NOT sugar, despite its marketing slogan “Made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar.” Rather it’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame (Equal) and saccharin (Sweet and Low), and with detrimental health effects to match.

Sucralose (Splenda) was approved by the FDA in 1998 as a table top sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen diary desserts, fruit juices, and gelatins. Sucralose is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.

Here is what I find shocking….the approval was given after the FDA supposedly reviewed more than 110 animal and human studies, but out of these 110 studies, only two were human studies, and the longest one was conducted for only four days!

There’s overwhelming evidence that consuming artificial sweeteners will likely wreak havoc on your body by causing inflammation. Earlier news had centered mainly around artificial sweeteners’ ability to impair your appetite regulation and leading to weight gain.

However, the study mentioned above, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, found even further disturbing news besides weight gain with Sucralose (Splenda):

  • Reduces the amount of good bacteria in your intestines by 50 percent (this fact alone is so important as if your gut isn’t right most likely you are have major issues)
  • Increases the ph level in your intestines and affects a glycoprotein in your body that can have crucial health effects.
  • They also found unmistakable evidence that Sucralose (Splenda) is absorbed by fat, contrary to previous claims.

The belief that consuming artificially sweetened foods and drinks will help you to lose or maintain weight is a carefully orchestrated deception. So if you are still opting for diet choices for this reason, you are on the wrong path as these artificial sweeteners will wreak havoc on your system as well as your fitness regimen.

In reality, these diet foods and drinks can cause serious distortions in your biochemistry and ruin your body’s ability to control calories. As a matter of fact, it’s been shown that diet soft drinks can double your risk of obesity.

Nearly a decade ago, studies were already revealing that artificial sweeteners can:

  • Stimulate appetite
  • Increase carbohydrate cravings
  • Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar. These agencies are wrong.

An alternative to artificial sweeteners is Stevia. It is made from a natural plant source and is extremely sweet. So sweet that you may need to adjust the amount you use in order to get the taste you are looking for. The good thing is that you can pretty much put it in anything.

Please make sure you have 100 percent organic stevia with no fillers or additives as some brands that are currently marketed start out with a natural product but they either process it with chemicals or add fillers. Again, this come back to reading the label before you buy it.

Getting off artificial sweeteners and on to a healthy alternative is paramount to your overall health and can lead to a healthier, happier, stronger you.

What will you reach for now that you know the facts of artificial sweeteners? should you have any question on artificial sweeteners or how I may compliment your organization’s meeting needs, please see my information listed below. Stay tuned for my next tip on healthy protein vs toxic protein sources.

tnebuloni@hpnglobal.com or 636-795-5048

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HPN Meeting Services | October 2015

Let’s Talk About Cvent & Registration

First of all, if I had a dollar for every Associate that asked me how to sell against Cvent’s Registration software, I would not be working here anymore—  I would have taken all that money to buy Cvent.  So, it seems high time that we address this topic.

We do not sell against or use Cvent as a sourcing tool. HPN offers a Registration Service.  Cvent offers a registration software.  Many of our clients have good and bad experiences with Cvent software.  Yes, it is a robust tool but it is very cumbersome if you are not fully certified and experienced in it. Some clients swear by it while others hate it.  But the bottom line is that it is in our market space and the question is going to keep coming up about how our SERVICE is different than their SOFTWARE.

Here is what I can tell you about Cvent that may help you sell our SERVICE solution for clients that don’t have the team depth to dedicate someone to managing their registration.  HPN is experienced in several software platforms giving us the ability to choose the best tool by client and by event.  HPN offers a custom built and fully managed Registration platform for our clients.  That is our service.

Let me repeat this—HPN Meeting Services offers a CUSTOM Built, FULLY managed Registration Service solution that best fits the client and event needs.  Often, we build and manage within the client Cvent account as many have found it is less expensive to hire us to do the work than dedicate a full time person on their staff to do the same.

Our experienced programmers are able to find workarounds in the system to create totally custom sites that can be used for exhibitor registration, event marketing and much more.  If you would like a more in-depth conversation or additional information about these services, please send me an email or reach out to our in house Registration Guru, Angie Spearman at aspearman@hpnglobal.com.

HPN Meeting Services News

The 2016 Ops Program roster is looking very good for 2016 however, we do have spots open in our calendar that we would love to fill with a few programs. Short term business continues to roll in and we are enthusiastic about the year ahead.  Please let me know if you have a client considering full or a la carte services in 2016— we are here to help.

Until next month, please don’t forget that help is just a phone call or email away!  I look forward to hearing from you.

Jil Dasher
Vice President, Meeting Services
HPN Global
Phone: 319-331-5304

HPN Global Conference Engagement Recap!

Each year we deploy mobile event app technology for our annual conference. Each year we learn something not only about the technology and how to execute it, but we learn more about our organization, our attendees and how our attendees want to receive information. The thing we have figured out, that with the use of mobile technology, we are able to have a better control of our message and communication in real time.

Some quick ‪#‎HPN15‬ event app stats:

Adoption rate 73%
Total device activations 529
Total unique users 411
Total # of attendees 562
Total # of times the app was opened 31,665
Total time spent in the application 239 hours
Total number of pictures submitted 515
Date of most activations 8/24
Date of most engagement 8/26
Apple phones 72%
Android phones 19%
iPad 5%
Mobile web 4%
Number of messages sent 179
Number of tweets sent 153
Most popular areas of app Agenda, Quick Meetings, Gallery, Messaging, and Twitter in that order.
Access Destination Services, Visit Newport Beach, Host Global Alliance and Hard Rock Hotels were the most popular sponsors.

We did good!

Posted by HPN Global on Monday, August 31, 2015

The countdown has started!

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you next week at #HPN15!

Desi and Julie

Here are a few tidbits to help in your planning.

Download our mobile app if you haven’t already. The app will be updated throughout the conference, so you can be aware of any updates or changes. Also, make sure to check out the sponsor area of our app! Sponsors like Reno Tahoe’s Julie Greer make our event possible!

Click here for instructions to download.

Our entire event has a great focus on networking. If there is someone specific you’d like to meet with, message them thru app to set up an informal meeting.

Our dress code is HPN casual! New Orleans is hot and humid this time of year, we encourage you to dress comfortably! Please note, we have an offsite event on Thursday that is outside – we suggest comfortable shoes. The forecast may call for rain, so bringing an umbrella is suggested.

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is occurring during our time in New Orleans, which includes a visit from President Obama. We don’t anticipate these events causing issues with our programming, but check our mobile app for any updates or changes.

Lastly, help keep the French Quarter safe. Download the French Quarter Task Force app to report criminal activity: www.fqtasforce.com

We have created an incredible agenda for you, and can’t wait to welcome you to the Big Easy!

Desi Whitney
Senior VP, Sourcing & Industry Relations
HPN Global
13825 N Northsight Blvd., Suite 201
Scottsdale AZ, 85260
Phone: 480.998.9770 Ext 236
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Marriott Marquis Houston

Need space at the Marriott Marquis in Houston?  HPN Global is working on several groups for this hotel contact for volume deal.

HPN’s Tim Arnold did a site last week at the new Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. Here is the feedback he provided.

“This will be an awesome hotel. It will have 1000 rooms, 100,000 sq ft of meeting space, and some amazing outdoor space. Meeting space will be on three floors, one floor a 40,000 sq ft ballroom, one floor with 23 breakout rooms, and one floor will have a 22,000 sq ft ballroom and about 10 breakouts. 

They will also have a lazy river in the shape of Texas, which will really be cool. The hotel is attached to the convention center, across Discovery Green from the Hilton Americas. Will be open late 2016, and will be a great option for all groups looking at Texas or a central rotation. I really wish Marriott would open something this size in Dallas. I was very impressed by the hotel. 

HPN Global is working on several groups for this hotel and the city of Houston if anyone has a client that is looking to book shoot us an email so we can strategies on a volume deal.

Contact us https://hpnglobal.com/contact-hpn-global/

Mobile Event App Case Study and Press Release

Bryan Bruce, VP of Digital Marketing at HPN Global, shares his experience working with QuickMobile and how he uses their mobile event app and analytics platform to communicate with event attendees, derive data that shows event ROI, and drive more value at HPN Global’s events.

Subject: Mobile Event App Case Study and Press Release

A short Q&A with QuickMobile on the value of mobile event apps.
QuickMobile provided me with the questions below.

QM:  Describe the agenda/event program guide you used for your previous events?

BB:  This is our fourth straight year using a quickmobile event application as a means to share agenda and event program.  We try to avoid printing at all cost.  Literally.

QM:  Why go mobile? (What motivated you to consider a mobile app?)

BB:  Our attendees are professional hospitality executives who travel a lot.  People who travel carry cell phones and we believe the best way to communicate with this segment is via mobile and social.

QM:  How does a mobile event app fit into your overall event strategy and marketing?

BB:  Technology is a big part of our company.  Event apps allow us to targeted and focused because we always have the ability to speak to our target audience.  We had more than 100% adoption of our mobile event app by our attendees (some who did not attend were given access to app, thus 100+% adoption) and of those who were in the app, we saw huge activity.  This means our people are engaged and when they are engaged they are most valuable to their purpose of working with HPN Global.

QM:  What types of features and technologies did you want to include in your mobile event app?
(What were critical?)

BB:  There are so many features that work in tandem with each other, but this year we saw gameification really accelerate activity in the app.  Once you build and app, you must get people in the app using it.  This is done with great design, functionality and layout, but it is also done by having great content and great communication to the attendees.

QM:  Did you need anything custom built (game, feature, etc.)?

BB:  We did not need anything customer built outside of some simple API integration with CVENT who we used for registration.

QM:  What does QuickMobile bring to the table that makes it the right solution providers for HPN?

BB:  When I worked with Marriott in Orlando, we would always say- everyone has a nice ballroom, or a great pool experience, tell me why were are different….In the event app space today there are a ton of providers, but none that I have seen or worked with that provide the real time service that Quickmobile provides us year in and year out.

QM:  How have you seen QuickMobile’s technology evolve over the years?

BB:  Having been with QM for a number of years now, we have watched them evolve a great deal.  From their first quickstart platform to a more mobile friendly dashboard provided today.  The system is the most user friendly and stable than it ever has.  Each year we have a decision to switch app providers, but the consistent progress QM makes each year keeps us from leaving.

QM:  How was this year’s app different from previous years?

BB:  Activity feed was the biggest difference in this years app and prior years….this year we were able to communicate in a facebook type stream called activity feed and this gave our associates more reason to go back to the app often and also provided tremendous impact for our sponsors by putting their message in the feed in key moments during the conference.

QM:  What type of response did you receive from attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, etc. about the app?

BB:  One of our marquis sponsors told us before the end of the first day that they want the top sponsorship offered in the app next year right now.  Needless to say, that made us feel very good.

QM:  How did the app impact this year’s event?

BB:  Aside from having the ability to communicate with our audiences and attendees via mobile gave us a very unique and powerful management opportunity.  We are able to better plan, make changes and in general be more fluid with having a mobile strategy that is properly executed from development through onsite management.

QM:  Do you have any stats from app usage that you are willing to share (adoption rate, page views, opens, etc.)

BB:  Yes, absolutely please feel free to pull data from our quickstart success from #HPN14

QM:  What are at least three key core benefits you received from using a mobile event app for this year’s event?

BB:  Fast communication, happy growing sponsorship base, real time updates.

QM:  If available, please describe an experience from an attendee, sponsor, exhibitor, etc. that illustrates the value of the mobile app?

BB:  We were doing a group photo shoot at the White House in DC…the time for the shoot was being adjusted to accommodate for rain shower in the forecast, between FB event, our QM app and our internal text channel, we were able to fast communicate in real time the changes in the schedule.  This allowed every single person who needed to be in the picture, in the picture.
Another- we had a sponsor tell him the entire show he had people approaching him after seeing his information in the app over and over.  This created conversations which lead to relationship building.  More return on attendance for our attendees.

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HPN Global | Sales Management Career

At the AIME tradeshow in Melbourne. Jumped over to Sydney this morning to do the Harbour bridge climb. Possibly the coolest thing I have ever done while traveling. Right up there with having a private dinner with Tulcy Patel Jones on the Great Wall of China, or driving an antique Jaguar through Monte Carlo and France with Mary Z Pennino
If you ever get to this side of the world, I could not recommend this any higher.
Reason number 12,887 why I love this company and the lifestyle it allows me to lead.

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