2018 Partner Conference Recap

#HPN18 Relationships Matter

As demand for hotels and meeting space continues to grow, it is more important than every to have strong hotel partnerships. Every year HPN Global’s Partner Conference brings our Associates and hotel partners and meeting vendors together for a few days of relationship building. This year we were in Miami at the Eden Rock Nobu hotel, the perfect setting for HPN Global’s culture of having fun doing what we love.

“Have fun every day doing what you do. If you enjoy what you are doing, it pretty rapidly ceases to be work, it’s pretty cool to do something every day that you are having fun at! A lot of people go thru life without ever having that opportunity. We are in the best business in the world! We’ve never met a happier, more fun group of people in our lives!” – Bill Kilburg, CEO HPN Global

The world knows HPN Global has a world class sourcing team and technology, but did you also know we also have a rock star full service meeting management department? This team spends months and months planning this event every year and when the day comes for the attendees to arrive, we are always ready!

 

Today’s the Day!

Before the partners arrive, HPN associates get together and talk business, industry trends and new and exciting HPN Global announcements. When the partners arrive, the real party starts and after a busy first day handling a flawless arrival, the team quickly transitions to the opening night reception. This year we are were on the beach in a white party theme, where contemporary Japanese beach house met Miami.

Day 2 Recap

Day 2 started featuring our General Sessions, two fabulous speakers and the individual one on one appointments that bring together our associates and hotel partners with a 3 full hours of business discussion. Our keynote speaker this year was Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International who did an amazing presentation of the trends not only in our business of hotels, but also the global economy. Attendees were given the opportunity to download his slides after his talk in our mobile event app. Our next speaker was Scott Burrows, who shared his incredible story! He made us laugh, he made us cry and he brought us to our feet! His talk about passion and grit is something we will never forget.

Our final full day together saw more individual business appointments, a networking pool party and a closing night tradition of Club HPN at Club LIVE in Miami. If you were unable to make this event, we invite you to join us next year.

20 Year Starwood Account Director Joins HPN Global

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Lisa Farano attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Criminology. Immediately following graduation, Lisa Farano decided sunshine was calling her name and relocated to San Diego, California.  Within a few months of the big move stateside, Wyndham Hotels took a chance on this Canadian as an Assistant to the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Wyndham Emerald Plaza in San Diego, only to get promoted to Sales Manager within 9 months, both “booking and cooking” all of her sales success. Lisa Farano moved over to Starwood Hotel & Resorts in 2004, as an Account Director managing West Coast Corporate and Association Large Group accounts at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.  It was at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina when Lisa Farano began handling the HPN Account as the single point of contact.

The San Diego Metro Market emerged in June 2010, and Lisa Farano was promoted to Account Director, representing four distinctive brands & properties within the Starwood portfolio of Hotels, including the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, W San Diego and Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina managing a variety of corporate and vertical markets.  For the last three years, Lisa Farano was promoted to Director of Citywide Sales at the Starwood San Diego Metro Market.  Lisa Farano has won several awards at Starwood Hotels & Resorts due to her consistent sales performance, exceeding quotas and Ten-time Platinum Incentive Trip success.  In 2018, Lisa Farano decided to use her 20 years of hotel experience to help clients achieve their meeting goals as an intermediary and joined HPN Global.  Lisa Farano will be celebrating 10 years of marriage with her husband, Seth Torma next December, and has two young daughters (Gianna Elyse, 6 and Lilah Frances, 4) and have no plans on leaving sunny San Diego, CA anytime soon.

Lisa Farano
Phone: 619.742.7677

HPN Global 2018 President’s Club

Bill Kilburg announces the location for our 2018 top producers! Hyatt Aruba here we come!!!!! Dates are April 22 – 26 2019!!!  In addition to our top 10 producers, a Rookie of the Year winner gets to go as well, ——-  that’s the top producer for 2018 who started in 2018.

Celebrate 2018’s Planner of The Year

Event planners like us make the world go ‘round. Our strategic and operational skills keep the plates spinning, businesses booming and employees motivated. Too often, however, they are behind the scenes—working their magic with RFPs, checklists and KPIs while others take the spotlight.

Not anymore. Smart Meetings is celebrating the essential role these hard-working professionals play every day and one of our own was proudly recognized!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Halpin
Vice President, Global Accounts
HPN Global
Greenville, South Carolina

  

HIGH-FIVE MOMENT: We had an 800-person, direct sale annual incentive group in Jamaica at the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara. One of the coolest receptions was a bubble reception at their pool area. It was a combination of great food, great music and an atmosphere that was almost dream-like.

 

VISION FOR AN IDEAL EVENTS WORLD: Better partnerships between intermediaries working hand-and-hand with hotel partners to create world-class events for the end user. Really working together to create that “wow” memorable experience.

 

TOP OF MY TO-DO LIST: Life is all about relationships, and I work on those every day, and value and trust the partners who have the same philosophy.

 

WHAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT: Revenue management and financial maximization philosophies at select major hotel brands. I am always focused on taking care of my customer. Every day I wake up thinking about how to create value and deliver world-class service.

 

WHY WILD HORSES CAN’T DRAG ME AWAY: My wife, kids and family.

 

 

See entire list and read more:

https://www.smartmeetings.com/magazine_article/2018-planners-of-the-year?utm_source=email

 

 

 

HPN Global Sourcing Operations Welcomes Payton

Welcoming our newest member of the Sourcing Operations team, Payton Bolek!

 

Payton is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona. She worked as a Special Events Coordinator for a local restaurant for the past 5 years, organizing and booking special events that ranged from 20- 200 guests.  Payton also worked as a Campus Event/Travel Coordinator where she assisted in the planning and the execution of trips for students.

 

We are proud to have you be a part of the HPN family…. welcome aboard Payton!!!
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