Regina Baraban


Editor-at-Large, Corporate Meetings & Incentives

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). 

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.
On Location: Pampering in Scotland: The Spa Scene 
Golf, whiskey, haggis, poet Robert Burns, designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the windswept moors these are the images I had of Scotland before visiting
Nice Companies (and Nice People) Finish First 
What motivates top employees—and what motivates most of us, I believe—is making a difference.
Four Tips for Tough Times 
Planners and hospitality partners at the 2008 FICP Education Forum seemed to be shoring up for tough times. Conversations inside and outside the education sessions focused on finding solutions to the meetings fallout from a depressed financial-services sector and a lousy economy. For me, there were four big ideas woven through the three-day conference.
Candid Conversations With Krisam 
Planners and hoteliers talk trends at the annual Krisam Insurance Advisory Board
Financial Planners Forum Breaks the Mold 
More than 150 meeting planners and hospitality partners met at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, June 18 to 20, for Financial & Insurance Conference Planners 2008 Education Forum. This year, 17 workshops and general sessions reflected a range of presentation styles and hot industry issues, from green meetings to ethics.
Sustainable Menus 
Cabrin Kelly-Hale, director of event planning at JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, talks about the resort’s sustainabile banquet menu and how eco-cuisine is impacting meetings
Shades of Green for Financial and Insurance Planners 
A recent survey of the readers of Financial & Insurance Meetings revealed that industry planners are personally committed to green meetings and events, but their companies are slower to get on board.

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