For more than 20 years, Lynette Owens, president of meeting and incentive management firm Lynette Owens & Associates (LOA), has been gathering together top execs in the insurance industry for a biannual advisory council meeting to discuss some of the industry’s key issues.
For the 21st Annual LOA Insurance Advisory Council meeting in August, the group was hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The expansive, all-inclusive beachfront resort includes 1,787 rooms, a 65,500-sf convention center, nine restaurants, 19 bars and lounges, 12 pools, a casino, spa, Jack Nicklaus golf course and Oro, the top nightclub in the Dominican Republic. Every room is a suite that includes a double jacuzzi, mini bar, premium liquor dispenser and 24-hour room service, so guests can truly feel like they are getting rock star treatment. Even calls back home to the U.S. and Canada are included.
Meeting in a Hard Rock conference room designed for “taking care of business,” the advisory council addressed a series of topics relating to current trends and the future of meetings. The group was first asked which destinations they felt were the most motivational hotspots.