In a year of economic turmoil, at least one hospitality company came up smelling like a rose. HelmsBriscoe, the Scottsdale, Ariz.–based site selection company, sent $70 million more meeting business to its hotel partners in 2002 than it did in 2001, according to Roger Helms, president and CEO. In an annual speech to many of his 447 associates (40 of whom are located outside the U.S.), and an equal number of hoteliers and other travel industry suppliers in December, Helms articulated his ...

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