Coronavirus Meeting Planner Update

 

Coronavirus Hotel Contracts

On Friday, March 27th, HPN Global CEO Bill Kilburg sat down with Regional VP Mark Dallman on Facebook LIVE to talk about the current state of the industry and have a conversation about Coronavirus and how it’s impacting hotel contracts.



A Message From Our CEO: Solidarity & Support

Now more than ever, Relationships Matter. This is impacting you and it is impacting us. Let’s come together in solidarity to support each other during these difficult times.

We’d like to share a few of HPN Global’s founding values:

Family First– for most of us our family and loved ones are why we do what we do, they are why we get up in the morning. Time with them is the most precious thing we have. Hug them every day.

Be Nice to People – It’s a basic fact; people are nice to people who are nice to them. We are in the service business and people buy from people they like! My mother’s favorite saying was, “you catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar”.

Life is all about Relationships – Relationships, Relationships, Relationships! At the end of the day, nothing else matters but the connections we make with other people; people we work with, people we love, people we do business with.

Change is our Friend – It’s another fact; everything changes. We are going to continue to see a ton of that in 2020 for sure. No matter what you think the status quo is, it is in fact going to change rapidly. The people that can assimilate, appreciate and perhaps even lead change are the ones who are successful.

Take care of your friends – Our team is here to support you and the rest of the industry. Remember in life and in business to be a good friend. Your friends will return the favor, step up and take care of you when it matters.

None of us have ever been through anything like this, and I’ve been in the business since 1980. Take care of your family, your co-workers, and your customers. Keep your relationships in the forefront, be kind and nice to everybody in your day… we will get through this together.

Bill Kilburg
Chairman & CEO
HPN Global

Finding Balance During COVID-19 Chaos

It is our priority to consider all the risks involved to your organization and your attendees and provide legitimate, factual information to help you make the best decisions possible.

IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS

While there are currently no travel warnings “within the country” in the United States, we recognize corporations are implementing internal travel plans that could impact your event.

According to the CDC, “For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.” Read more.

JOHNS HOPKINS COVID-19 DAILY TRACKER UPDATE

As of March 9, 2020, here are some facts reported from Johns Hopkins University:

  1. What is not widely reported and should be highlighted is that there have been 62,375 recoveries already out of the 111,363 confirmed cases worldwide.
  2. That is more than half confirmed cases.
  3. 80% of all cases reported are MILD.
  4. The most vulnerable are elderly, people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems (children have not been widely impacted).

DEFINING SOLUTIONS

There is massive confusion as to whether or not force majeure can be applied to meetings canceling in the United States. The top questions we are seeing pertain to a declared state of emergency and corporate travel bans.

It is important to understand that a state of emergency provides federal funding, resources and has no direct impact on curtailment of travel. If flights are landing in a state and hotels are open for business, force majeure does not apply. The same follows suit for corporate or organizational travel bans.

HPN Global is committed to taking any necessary steps to support our clients through this conversation with creative solutions for all involved to mitigate expenses.

BEING PROACTIVE

We are here to support our clients and all industry partners through this challenging time.

Here are our suggestions to be proactive:

  1. Communicate to attendees. What are you doing to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases in your home, workplace, and events?
  2. Prepare and consider the communication and marketing pieces you are putting into place to ease the concerns of attendees.
  3. Support issues for attendees that arise on-site, whether you are the planner or the hotel, you should have a proactive plan in place.

SUPPORT FOR YOUR EVENT

As a token of our commitment, we are providing you with a step-by-step resource to help manage pre-planning concerns and provide a plan while on site.

RELOCATING YOUR EVENT

Consider all things involved with continuing your event, including the cost of cancellation and the cost to reproduce it. If hosting your event on its intended date is not an option, we can help you “lift and shift”™.

“HPN Global is committed to helping our clients and partners navigate these uncertain times. We are working to find the best solutions and best outcomes for each event and for all those involved. We are aware of the full-scale impact this is having on our industry, and we remain available to you as a resource.”
– Bill Kilburg, CEO & Founder

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Arm yourself with legitimate, factual information about COVID-19.

  1. CDC facts about COVID-19
  2. Everything to know about COVID-19
  3. NAEMSP COVID-19 considerations

CDC travel guidances – Updates are ongoing so you have the most up to date information at all times.

  1. China
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Iran
  4. Italy
  5. Japan
  6. South Korea

HPN Global Again Participating in Ragnar Del Sol

The HPN Global Team Courtesy Standards are back at it and ready for the Ragnar Del Sol race from Wickenburg to Mesa, Arizona. Last year as a team, our members ran 200 miles between them. Training is underway for 2020 and the team is ready to crush another 200 miles on Jan 31 – Feb 1. Let’s cheer on this year’s participants!

 

Presidents Club 2019 Winners

Congratulations to our top performers!  The following HPNers will be enjoying the 2020 HPN Presidents Club trip to Dublin, Ireland.

The hotels that will be hosting and providing service to our Top Performers are Hard Rock Hotel, and Powerscourt Resort and Spa.



#HPN19 Partner Conference Highlights

Another amazing partner conference is in the books and by many measures, this was certainly one of our bests. It is always our goal to exceed the expectations and experience of our attendees, and each year although harder and harder, this team and everyone involved seems to make it happen. We want to thank our sponsors our guest speakers, our host city and hotel for their amazing hospitality. Thank you also to all our partners who attend, because without your support, none of this is possible.

Live A Healthy Lifestyle At HPN19!

Stay fit at #HPN19! We are excited to showcase a more ‘balanced’ conference this year with our fast and easy workouts! Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally.

Did you know living a healthy and active lifestyle can help you experience the following benefits?

  • It can make you feel happier
  • It can help with weight loss
  • It is good for your muscles and bones
  • It can increase energy levels
  • It can reduce the risk of chronic disease
  • It can help skin health
  • It can help brain health and memory
  • It can help with relaxation and sleep quality
  • It can reduce pain

Workouts don’t have to be long and boring, here are our workouts to try each day during #HPN19!

Thursday, October 3rd
CrossFit Style Workout
Run ½ a mile on the treadmill, then….
10 rounds (as fast as you can)
10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 sit-ups
Then run ½ mile again

Feel free to modify with shorter runs and/or fewer reps or rounds
Feel free to make it harder with longer runs and/or weighted squats and sit-ups

Friday, October 4th
Body Builder Style Workout – Upper body
4 sets of 10 Dumbbell (DB) Chest Press
4 sets of 10 1 Arm Rows (*each arm)
4 sets of 10 DB Hammer Curls
4 sets of 10 DB Tricep Extensions
4 sets of 10 DB Seated Press
4 sets of 10 DB Flyes

*Youtube has helpful videos if these movements are unfamiliar!

Saturday, October 5th
HIIT Style Workout
Perform each exercise at high intensity for
45 seconds followed by 15 seconds rest
(one right after the other)
Burpees
Mountain climbers
V-Ups
Alternating (Jumping) Lunges
Jump Squats
Jumping Jacks
High Knees
Bicycle crunches
Rest 2 minutes – repeat 2 more times

Harold Batiste Joins HPN Global As Senior Vice President, Sales Operations

Scottsdale, AZ — August 26, 2019 — HPN Global, a worldwide event services company, today made another progressive move in its unending quest to serve its client base, associates and industry partners.

On September 1st, industry veteran Harold Batiste will join the company in the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Sales Operations. In this capacity, Batiste will act as the liaison between HPN Global’s 170 associates and our diverse portfolio of Hotel and industry suppliers.

In an ever increasingly challenging market, our associates and partners are faced with a litany of issues from contract language to meeting space and guest-room questions. Regardless of the business environment, Batiste will help manage both ends of the supply chain process to ensure our clients and our associates’ close business with the right hotels at the right rates.

Harold brings to HPN Global a robust background spanning almost 20 years with The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott International, both from a property perspective as well as Marriott’s Global Sales Organization. His ability to build great relationships will be utilized on a daily basis as he strengthens our bonds with industry partners around the world.

“As we grow and evolve our business, having an extremely talented individual like Harold as part of the senior executive team is something we are all very excited about,” said Bill Kilburg, CEO.

“I am thrilled and honored to join HPN Global. Over the past 17 years, I have witnessed HPN grow into a world-renowned meetings and event management organization. I feel my experience, passion and strategic support will help continue their growth trajectory. There is a lot of work to be done ahead, but I see the future as being very bright and could not be happier to be a part of it,” said Harold Batiste.

HPN is a global event management company with a strong foundation built on client and industry relationships.
When we say “Relationships Matter”, we live and breathe it through our commitment to service, transparency and partnerships.

For more information about HPN Global:
hpnglobal.com | 480-998-9770 | info@hpnglobal.com

Why Attend HPN Global Conference 2019?

Thank you for your interest! Here are a few reasons why you should attend #HPN19 in Seattle!

  • You’ll be able to create lasting relationships with 125 of HPN Global’s associates. These associates represent over 7,000 clients, and if 2019 are projected to send over 13,000 RFP’s representing over $400,000,000 in rooms revenue.
  • With a client mix of 55% Corporate, 25% Association and 20% SMERF, HPN Global efficiently handles all sizes of meetings globally – ranging from typical conferences to high-end incentive programs, large citywide conferences, and much more!
  • Attendance includes two full days of learning and networking, sharing best practices, value-added breakout sessions, and an interactive environment where you can learn about key information related to closing business with HPN Global. Most importantly, attendees will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with associates that book business in your market.
  • Attending this conference is the most impactful way to gain a deeper understanding of how to work with HPN Global and develop personal relationships that are at the core of closing business. This event is the most cost-effective way to ensure that you’re maximizing your relationship with HPN Global.

Here is the cost breakdown of the conference:

  • Airfare – approximately $250
  • Transportation – approximately $40
  • Hotel: Hyatt Regency Seattle – $269+ (3 nights)
  • Registration Fee – $2,450

Total: $3,547

We appreciate your interest in #HPN19.

 

Desi Whitney Recognized as a 40 Under 40 by Connect

Desi Whitney, senior vice president of sourcing operations and industry relations at HPN Global, was recognized as a member of Connect Corporate magazine’s “40 Under 40.” The honor highlights the top young professionals in the events industry. Connect Corporate is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the meetings and events industry. 

Peers in the events world nominated Whitney. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources. 

Congrats Desi!

For the full description of Whitney’s accomplishments, click here.

The entire list of recognized honorees and individual profiles can be found here.

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.