Mr. Berger

Dan Berger

Founder and CEO

Social Tables

Dan Berger is the Founder and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Social Tables. The award-winning software platform has been used to source, plan and execute over one million events since 2011. The company has over 4,000 customers in 100 countries. It has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the D.C. area by the Washington Post and SmartCEO. Social Tables has won numerous industry awards, including Best Industry Innovation from the International Live Events Association.

Mr. Berger has been recognized as an industry and tech leader by BizBash, Event Solutions, Washingtonian, MeetingsNet, Successful Meetings, and others. He recently has been named as one of the most influential leaders in the meetings industry for 2016 by Successful Meetings for the second year in a row. He volunteers with several industry organizations, including the Convention Industry Council and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor Bureau and was most recently appointed to serve on the Economic Strategy Advisory Committee by the Mayor of Washington, DC. Mr. Berger is a passionate educator and spends his time sharing his experience and knowledge with others. He has spoken at over 150 events and is continually looking for new opportunities to give back to the community.

Prior to Social Tables, Mr. Berger worked in management consulting, ran a large association, worked for a Member of Congress, and build websites for several startups. Mr. Berger has a BA from Hunter College and an MBA from Georgetown. He was born in Israel, grew up in NYC, and lives in DC with his dog, Leroy.

Please visit http://www.socialtables.com for more information.

Mr. Berger can be contacted at 877-973-2863 or dan@socialtables.com

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review




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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board – for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driver’s seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.