Pandemic Compliance Advisor Certification

It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

-Leon C. Megginson

In a quote very often (and quite wrongly) attributed to Charles Darwin, adaptability to change is foremost above strength and intelligence, for survival. In 2020, the meetings industry has been rocked with the most massive tsunami of change imaginable. Huge events have been cancelled, and tens of thousands of meetings and tradeshows have evaporated overnight. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in our industry were lost, the vast majority are not back. Corona has ravaged pretty much all industries that brought people together, including travel, meetings, concerts, sports, movies, etc. With the US approaching 300,000 deaths due to Covid-19, normality is still a ways off, but the vaccines are giving a glimmer of hope for future events in 2021.

As corporations and associations are looking ahead to bring their meetings back, there is a major need for some guidance of how to make this happen safely. Enter the Health Education Services, and their accredited course where meeting professionals can earn the Pandemic Compliance Advisor certification. HPN was one of the first companies in the industry to recognize the importance of this program, and so far has 4 team members who are PCA certified.

Chris Claydon, Shannon Frank, Gary Onorio, and Timothy Arnold all took this course and received their coveted certification. Continuing education on this virus and how to mitigate risk will make all of them better resources for their clients going forward. Access to a vast database of resources are also at their fingertips, and the ability to quickly connect you with any vendor you need.

Some of the exceptional education content provided in the certification program includes going well beyond the basics of social distancing, mask wearing, and hand sanitizing to really focus on the meeting design. The PCA’s role is to ensure that best practices are looked at in the beginning of the planning stages, and that they are followed while on site. Many companies have hired PCA’s to be onsite with their events to help their meetings be as safe as possible and to help stop the spread of this easily communicable disease.

Should you need an expert for your next meeting or event, or just want to strategize about best practices for future programs, please do reach out to one of these HPN Pandemic Compliance Advisors. Your attendees, board, and HR/Legal department will certainly appreciate your attention to detail and the focus on the health and safety of everybody involved in your programs.

This is from the Health Education Services website.

This class will define the role and describe the responsibilities of the Pandemic Compliance Advisor (PCA) whose duty is to ensure that these safe practices are implemented, communicated, and effectively carried out throughout the entire meeting cycle. Whether you plan to serve in this role, delegate, or contract coverage, this course will help you to ensure best practices for the safest execution of your face to face meetings.

https://healtheducationservices.net/training/pandemic-compliance-advisor/

All my best,

Timothy Arnold, CMP, CMM, PCA

Regional Vice President

Hospitality Performance Network – HPN Global

#HPN20 Registration Deadline Extended!

The deadline to register for the #HPN20 Annual Partner Conference has been extended!  

We are impressed at the demand of our industry wanting to meet in person! The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is graciously accommodating our growth – and we’re excited to announce that our registration deadline has been extended to November 13th!

Registration will be limited based on physical distancing guidelines and promoting a safe meeting, so register now to make sure you have a seat.

Please let us know if you’ll be joining us as we are 

Moving Meetings Forward, Safely Together

Registration Deadline

November 13, 2020

When

December 6, 2020 6:00 PM – December 9, 2020

Where

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85253, USA”

HPN Global Partner Conference

#HPN20 Update

Thanks to Patrick Brophy for showing Bill Kilburg, Kiersten Perry and I around the #omnimontelucia yesterday for a quick preview site for #HPN20.

Check out this gorgeous view of Camelback Mountain

We are committed to moving meetings forward!!

Omni has a robust Clean & Safe initiative: Stay A Part of Safety.

Kiersten Perry & I will be partnering with them to review every detail of showcasing a safe event. Registration is now open for partners. Email reg@hpnglobal.com for the invite and with any questions.

But hurry, registration closes 10/30!

Regards,

Desi Whitney
https://hpnglobalpartnerconference.com

#hpnglobal

#relationshipsmatter

#meetingscanhappensafely

#omnihotels

#omnimontelucia

#AtTheOmni

Desi Whitney Announcement

It feels amazing to have one of our very own be recognized for her contributions to our industry. Thank you everyone who nominated and voted for Desi. This puts some pep in our step!

See full list:
https://eventex.co/index/people/

#hospitalitystrong

#wewillmeetagain

#meetingscanhappensafely

 

HPN Global Hybrid Meeting

Recap of our first hybrid meeting earlier this month! By collaborating and working together we can all do our part in helping to bring the meetings industry back faster with attendee safety and confidence as a priority. By operating meetings safely, we can demonstrate our abilities and increase confidence in an organizations decision to host in-person meetings and events.

#HPN20 is coming Home! That is right, we are planning to have an in person event in Scottsdale at the gorgeous Omni Montelucia We have lowered our registration fees in these difficult times, and we are having an event and we are going to get back to business! October 30th is our registration deadline. See you in Scottsdale. www.hpnglobalpartnerconference.com reg@hpnglobal.com

Emergency Concierge International

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Contingency Plan

Here’s the COVID-19 Medical Contingency Plan developed as a joint collaboration between HPN Global & Emergency Concierge International. Feel free to share with anyone you see fit. We developed this as a resource for the industry.

A reminder of what ECI does:

  • Customized Meeting Emergency Operations Plans (including Crisis Communication Plans)
  • Customized Venue Emergency Plans
  • Emergency Plan Templates (for planners to fill in)
  • Staff Training
  • On Site Support (including EMTs & Paramedics)
  • Pre-Planning & Virtual On Site Support via phone
  • Contingency Consultations

All services are not just COVID related, but All Hazards.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to John with questions: jwhitney@emergencyconcierge.net

https://emergencyconcierge.net/

HPN Global Live 6-19

Shifting the Meetings Paradigm

Presented by HPN Global

Hear from the following experts as ask the question.
How do we evolve while providing for safe, successful meetings?

Stephanie Glanzer, Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, MGM Resorts International
Jim Young, Founder/CEO, Realcomm Conference Group
John Whitney, CEO, Emergency Concierge International (ECI)

Lori Kohl Connect Faith

Lori Kohl Recognized as a Memory Maker by Connect

June 16, 2020—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lori Kohl Recognized as a Memory Maker by Connect

Lori Kohl, Vice President of Global Accounts at HPN Global, was recognized as a member of Connect Faith magazine’s “Memory Makers.” The honor highlights top professionals in the events industry. Connect Faith 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 Lori Kohl. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources.

For more details, click the link below.
https://www.connectmeetings.com/faith/features/2020-memory-makers-lori-kohl
Connect Faith

Innovating for the Industry

In the past several weeks, we’ve had to quickly adapt to virtual events. Because of their strong focus on virtual events, planners have innovated the events industry by pioneering new event technologies and strategies. Jil Dasher with HPN Global and Phil Saims with Federal Conference join us today to share how they have innovated their events.

In the conversation, Jil and Phil express the importance of keeping your attendees engaged and included in the conversation. This can be achieved by utilizing tools such as a virtual reality headset, the CrowdCompass app, and more.

Listen in to hear how they believe event planners have become more valuable than ever!

2020 Connect Corporate 15 Over 50 Bill Kilburg

May 12, 2020—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

Bill Kilburg Recognized as a 15 Over 50 by Connect  

 

Bill Kilburg, chairman and CEO of HPN Global, was recognized as a member of Connect Corporate magazine’s “15 Over 50.” The honor highlights the top 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 Kilburg. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources.  

 

Bill Kilburg describes himself as energetic, motivated and family-first. Learn more about him.

 

What I do: I oversee all operations of the company, work on strategic growth initiatives, directly manage recruiting.

 

Greatest career accomplishment: Being appointed CFO of a large privately held Real estate company at 27, starting my own hotel company and owning 22 hotels and founding HPN in 2002.

 

Impressive stats: HPN has achieved over 20% compound annual growth rate since founding.

 

What I am working on now: Recruiting, Recruiting, Recruiting. I love meeting with and talking to new people excited about expanding their horizons and increasing the quality of their lives.

 

What I do outside of work: I have seven kids and love spending time with them at the beach. I also collect older cars—my favorite is a 1972 Ford Bronco.

Connect with Kilburg on LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

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ABOUT HPN Global 

HPN Global has grown to be one of the largest, most global Site Selection and Venue Finding companies through its unique technology and unparalleled service. Our team is also the most experienced in the industry.

 

Built on a platform that focuses on effective relationships and exemplary customer service HPN is the only major company of its kind that operates its own internal hotel room sourcing system. The speed, efficiency and data capture of the system are unique in the industry. Our pre-negotiated global hotel contracts are specifically designed to mitigate your risk. Our unique value proposition includes one of the industry’s largest purchasing powers, deep vendor relationships, world-class service and the most effective procurement platform in the industry.

 

We save you time and money. Our company is specifically built to drive value in your meeting procurement process.  Company’s brands and services are available at https://hpnglobal.com/

 

 

Media contact: Desi Whitney, Senior VP, Sourcing & Industry Relations dwhitney@hpnglobal.com