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). 

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.
No Comment? Big Mistake 
I'm skimming The Wall Street Journal on the morning of February 22 when a headline stops me cold: Countrywide Treats Bankers to Ski-Resort Trip. Ouch.
Insights on strategic meetings management from Jan Hennessey, CMP, CMM, Fireman’s Fund Insurance 
One on One: Interview with Jan Hennessey, senior director of Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., in charge of leading a new internal planning department
Metlife's Education Advocate 
Boston-based Jessica Crimmins is director of MetLife's Financial Solutions Group and the Business Strategy and Development Department. She is responsible
Big Moves at Marriott 
After a painstaking two-year reorganization, Marriott this summer began redeploying its national sales force against thousands of U.S. customers
The Case for Strategic Meetings Management 
Back in 2005, when I first heard about Kelli Livers' consolidation plans for AIG, the idea of a company-wide strategic meetings management program was
Green Power Seminar at Motivation Show 
Motivation Show week began with a Monday evening celebration for the CMI 25, the kickoff for this magazine's list of the 25 most influential meeting and

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