HPN Global Celebrates Multiple Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

One of the country’s leading full service meeting planning services companies announced this week that three associates have receive 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards. Desi Whitney, Jil Dasher and Amy Walkowiak have all been awarded. These woman, who work in different roles within HPN Global, were named 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Award winners in the three different categories. This prestigious awards platform honors women who are making significant impacts on the meetings industry and inspiring female meeting ambassadors worldwide.

The Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven prestigious categories including Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. Nominated by their industry peers and colleagues, and ranked against hundreds of remarkable, qualified meeting candidates, these award winners have earned top honors for their commitment and significant contributions to the meetings industry.

“As the leader of a Woman Owned business under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), I am honored to promote such a worthy cause for my fellow women in meetings to celebrate our industry, and support and salute each other’s goals and accomplishments,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright. “The Smart Women in Meetings Awards are especially close to my heart. I am proud to provide a platform for all the women in our industry who drive change and celebrate our progress together as one united community.”

“We can’t begin to express to how much these awards mean to us. It’s amazing to have three women from HPN Global nominated by our peers – all who truly deserve the same award,” said Desi Whitney, Senior VP, Sourcing & Industry Relations for HPN Global. “I’m in great company with Jil Dasher and Amy Walkowiak, who have both been awarded as well. We are not too modest to say we are fierce females! Fierce = showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity.”

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners will be featured in the March issue of Smart Meetings magazine and will receive on-stage honors at the fourth annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala on May 8 at the Smart Woman Summit in Las Vegas.

2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners

The Smart Woman Summit

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Ways To Promote Booking Inside The Housing Block

1.  Offer a big-ticket raffle drawing – if you book inside the block you will be entered in the raffle to win….name the item. Announce the winner on social media and year after year attendees will be interested in entering to win. 

2.  Charge higher registration fees to those booked outside of block. This takes a little more effort on the clients’ part. They will need to collect hotel names at the registration desk. If attendees are not reserved at an official hotel, then client can go back and charge a higher registration fee.

3.  If group is shuttling to overflow hotels, advertise the shuttle service is only available to those who book in the block.

4.  Offer coupon booklet or sheet to those attendees that book at official hotel. Engage with city or CVB to see they already have a discount program in place or if they can develop a customized sheet with discounts for local restaurants and attractions.  

5.  Negotiate low cost hotel incentives to advertise to attendees – by staying in the official group hotels, you will receive free high-speed internet, free health club, welcome reception and the exclusive group rate.     

6.  Talk up the hotels – location is convenient, you will be able to network in the hotel lobby or restaurants with your peers (attendees and exhibitors).  

7.  Add a disclaimer on housing materials educating attendees on the importance of staying at the official hotels-keeps registration expenses low and supports the group to be able to offer the best hotel rates.

8.  Use Passkey Event Connector to connect the group’s registration software to Passkey housing. This will automatically take attendees to the Passkey housing site. Reports can be run to show who has registered for the event but who has not booked accommodations. HPN Housing will send out email campaigns encouraging them to book.

HPN Global partners with Passkey to offer a streamlined and automated housing process. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to:

Brandee Johnson, Director of Housing and Registration bjohnson@hpnglobal.com
480-998-9770 Ext: 211

HPN Global: 2018 Year In Review

Here we are, past the first month in 2019! Business is already cranking – with our lead volume up over 15%! You can see flames and smoke coming from the keyboards at HQ from our Sourcing Team.

10 out of 12 months were record breaking in 2018!!

Top 10 Destinations Booked:
Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, Washington DC, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, South Florida, San Francisco, Las Vegas

Consistent with 2017, 41% of our business was in the year for the year. 25% of that consumed within 90 days of being sourced.

2018 market segments consisted of 55% Corporate, 25% Association, and 20% SMERF.

Our business is diversified! Last year we had 15% go to the luxury market, 16% to upper moderate, 45% to mid-scale, and 24% to limited service. We truly have something for everyone.

What does 2019 look like?

This year, we’re excited to continue strengthening the relationships we have in the industry, and build new ones. We remain dedicated to our SPC (Single Point of Contact) philosophy, and love the opportunity to work closely with these excellent professionals on property and in destinations.

You can find us at the brand new Hyatt Regency Seattle for #HPN19. This is an invitation-only event, and is sure to sell out quickly! Register your interest to attend here.

We look forward to spending 2019 with our friends: industry partners, our HPN associates, and our amazing staff.


 Desi Whitney

Connect and HPN Global Announce Alliance Partnership

Connect, the leader in meetings and events is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with HPN Global. Connect’s ongoing aim is to bring together meeting professionals with the services, people and ideas necessary to succeed in the meetings and events space. The new partnership was created to support this aim and enhance Connect’s and HPN Global’s mutual customers’ overall experience.


Through this partnership, Connect and HPN Global will strive to increase the availability of the important resources and services that both industry leaders provide. Representatives from Connect will attend and speak at the annual HPN Global Partner Conference in Seattle Oct. 3-6, 2019, and 20 of the 100 top HPN Global associates will attend and take appointments at Connect 2019 Aug. 26-28 in Louisville, Kentucky. HPN Global will also host a dedicated lounge area during Regicipetion.


HPN Global is one of the most respected, far-reaching site selection and venue-finding companies in the meetings industry. It is the only major company of its kind that operates its own internal sourcing system. HPN Global offers unparalleled value to its clients through its world-class service, deep vendor relationships and the industry’s most effective procurement platform.


“At HPN Global, relationships matter,” said Desi Whitney, senior vice president of sourcing and industry relations at HPN Global. “We’re excited to partner with Connect Meetings to continue our mission of bringing great people together.  We look forward to connecting with new suppliers, customers and really showcasing the HPN Global difference. Amazing things happen when people meet.”

Connect’s reverse-style trade shows provide exposure and face-to-face opportunities that are crucial to develop business. During Marketplace, planners and suppliers meet in prescheduled appointments to exchange RFPs, arrange future site visits and book events. In addition to one-on-one meetings, Connect events feature high-quality education sessions, networking opportunities with like-minded professionals and motivational keynote speakers.

For more information, contact Senior Director of Sales Kristen Francis at kfrancis@connectmeetings.com . For more information about HPN Global, contact Desi Whitney at dwhitney@hpnglobal.com.

ABOUT CONNECT
Connect is a leader in the meetings, events, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines and destination information, which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. Connect, formerly known as Collinson Media & Events, introduced the popular Marketplace format to the meetings industry and now produces national shows for meeting planners in the Corporate, Expo, Sports, Diversity, Association and Faith sectors as well as other state– and region-specific meetings- and hospitality-focused events. More information about the company’s brands and services is available at connectmeetings.com

Jil Dasher Senior Vice President Managing Director Meeting Services HPN Global

All, it is with great pride and immense happiness that I’m announcing the promotion of Jil Dasher to Senior Vice President for the firm in addition to her Role as Managing Director for the full service division.  Jil has proven to be an invaluable asset to the company on numerous fronts.
Jil is responsible for the awesome growth and overall management in Full Service and her role will be expanding into the greater company as we strategically plan the next steps in the evolution and growth of the company. She is a loved and trusted adviser.
Let’s all give up some love for Dasher!!!
BK
William J. Kilburg
Chairman and CEO
HPN Global
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Scottsdale AZ, 85260
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