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David Casey is CEO of HBR and in this discussion provides some great insight into many of the issues we face in the industry today along with a few thoughts on how to address them.
Mark Zimmerman serves as the General Manager of the Georgia World Congress Center and has been involved in the growth and management of this world renowned facility for over 30 years. A Native of Michigan, Mark has been very active in industry and civic affairs since his arrival in Atlanta.
Widely regarded as a significant engine of the state, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority owns and operates the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park. GWCAA facilities exist for the primary purpose of promoting and facilitating events and activities that generate economic benefits to its citizens as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.
Mark has been recognized by his team and clients as a collaborative leader and communicator. His personable approach combined with his capable and dependable management style, continue to keep clients coming back to the GWCC as it continues to be a leader in such facilities around the world.
Mark is a graduate of Northwood University in Michigan and has been active in many industry Associations and frequent speaker in the meetings and conventions arena. He is an active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and intimately involved in the Southeast Chapter.
Karen Weiner Escalera is President and Chief Strategist of KWE Partners, a marketing and public relations firm specializing in luxury travel, hospitality and lifestyle. She has more than 35 years’ experience in the field, first in New York City and now based in Miami, counseling top executives at a “who’s who” of global hotel chains, boutique resorts, cruise lines, real estate developments, and government tourism boards. Her firm’s PR and marketing campaigns have been cited as setting the standard by influential media ranging from Ad Age, Nation’s Business, and Fortune Small Business, to CBS, leading industry journals, and USA Today and she pens an internationally syndicated newletter on luxury travel and lifestyle trends.
Karen has worked as public relations director for Hilton International, and was a contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She’s also a successful consumer blogger, editor of www.miamicurated.com, a blog on quality food, fashion, and culture in Miami as well as travel tips.
Don’t miss this in-depth conversation about several broad important trends in the industry!