Some say site selection companies save time and money--others say they add hidden costs to hotel room rates. Laurie Mirman launched one of the first site selection firms 14 years ago. Rain streamed down the windshield of her '65 Mustang as Laurie Mirman drove home after getting the bad news: She had just been laid off from her job at a resort in San Diego where she had worked for the past year in the sales department. "I was just crying my eyes out," she remembers. "I was crushed. Not to ...

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