Regina Baraban

Regina
Baraban

Editor-at-Large, Corporate Meetings & Incentives

rbaraban@comcast.net

Regina is the former editor of Financial & Insurance Meetings magazine, and former managing editor of CMI. As a freelance writer, she has contributed articles to Metropolis magazine, Hotel & Motel Management, Lodging Hospitality, Food Management, and Crain's New York Business. She is the co-author of Successful Restaurant Design (John Wiley & Sons, 1989), and the founding editor of Restaurant Design magazine (now Hospitality Design). 

Articles
Looking Back and Forward 
It's hard to believe that it has been eight years since I began my tenure as editor of then Insurance Conference Planner. Nearly 50 issues later, there
Say "Hello" to the Partners Market 
Valued partnerships with industry suppliers are a hallmark of the financial and insurance meeting planning niche. Now, in the midst of a global recession, shrinking staffs, slashed budgets, and media backlash against business meetings, these partnerships with hotels and other suppliers are more crucial then ever.
Virtual Meetings Seen as Biggest Influence for '09 
Given a list of 12 possible influences on meetings for 2009, U.S.-based planner respondents to Meeting Professionals International's new FutureWatch study
Saving Meetings: A Call to Action 
Meet Brenda Anderson, CEO of Site, and learn how the industry is rallying to save meetings.
On Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun 
A sanctuary of traditional elegance yet imbued with the relaxed feeling of the Caribbean The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun presides over its stretch of white-sand
On Location: Aqua Cancun 
From the minute you step into the stylish lobby at Aqua Cancun, you're transported to a world both chic and welcoming, airy and intimate, soothing and
Sharing Best Practices 
When Michael Burke, CMP, manager, conference & travel services, The Hanover Insurance Group, and Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, RLC Events, began designing a
Stand Up and Be Heard 
Like it or not, our industry is in the spotlight. There’s plenty you can do to stand and be heard about why meetings matter.
Execs Weigh in on Incentives 
In a survey conducted by LIMRA International, a research and marketing association of life insurance and financial services companies, projections for 2010 were cautiously optimistic
Learning to Survive and Thrive at FICP Regional in Boston 
Overcoming perception challenges and identifying best practices on how to survive and thrive in the current economic downturn were top-of-mind topics during Financial & Insurance Conference Planners’ Northeast Chapter meeting last week.
Career Therapy: Find Your Strength 
Advice from New York City-based psychotherapist and organizational consultant Joan Westreic
Sean Hennessey on What Lies Ahead for the Meetings Industry 
We asked SEAN HENNESSEY, who in 2004 founded Lodging Investment Advisors LLC in New York City and now serves as its CEO, to call on his more than 20 years of experience in hotel operations and consulting and give us his perspective on what lies ahead for the meetings and hospitality industry.
FICP Planners and Hospitality Partners Regroup and Retool: Survey Results Show Incentives Moving Forward 
Shell-shocked by the dire economy and concerned that meetings in the financial sector have become politically incorrect, the nearly 600 attendees at Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference in Cancun last week exemplified the message they’re trying to bring to corporate America: Face-to-face meetings with colleagues and business partners are one of the best ways to regroup, retool, and strategically move forward.
Another New Normal 
We are once again in extraordinary and frightening times, requiring us to continually adjust to new normals.
Eco-Cuisine Myths 
While everyone thinks they understand what environmentally friendly cuisine means, there are a lot of fallacies out there that could lead you astray. We asked Cabrin Kelly-Hale, director of event planning with JW Marriott Star Pass in Tucson, to debunk some of those organic catering myths.

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