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Channel Partners Spring Conference and Expo

13 APR 2017 – Las Vegas, NV –  The Channel Partners Spring Conference and Expo was held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino April 10 – 13 marking their 20th anniversary.  This annual convention consists of over 100 industry-leading speakers, 275 exhibitors, and 5500 partners and suppliers.  The title sponsor was AT&T and premier sponsors consisted of companies such as Vonage, Verizon, AVANT, and CenturyLink.

The first day of events began with an opening keynote and lunch. Keynote speakers were Carolyn April with CompTia, and Joe Chuisano and Janet Schijns with Verizon Business Markets.  The evening ended with a first-time attendee reception at the 1923 Bourbon Bar.

Each exciting day consists of keynote speakers, executive tracks, technology leader tracks, and education tracks.  Each event consisted of networking opportunities.

An addition to the entire conference and expo was the partnership between Channel Partners and Hire Heroes USA.  Hire Heroes USA with support from Granite announced its Spring 2017 Veterans Initiative in which 11 job-seeking Veterans were hosted. Granite fulfilled by underwriting travel, hotel, and incidental expenses. This is the third Channel Partners event in which Veteran job-seekers were given access to education and networking opportunities.  Veterans took full advantage of the offerings and gave excellent reviews thereafter.

The expo floor gave potential clients access to hands-on demonstrations and clear options to many of today’s technological solutions.  All exhibits had polite and professional representatives which made the experience very enjoyable. For the not-so-faint of heart, there was also a mechanical bull which was enjoyed by yours truly.

The 2018 Channel Partners Conference and expo will be held again in Las Vegas, NV April 17 – 20 at the Venetian.

Chaz Wellington

Founder – Hospitality First


Ready for some hockey?

If only the visionaries of old could see their Vegas today! 

As we say goodbye to the Riviera which has been demolished to make way for convention space, we say hello to the first ever professional sports team.

The announcement of an NHL expansion team was made June 14th and the town is excited! On addition, the decision will soon be made as to whether the Raiders will also call Las Vegas home.

More in-depth posts coming soon!


When guests arrive whether for business or pleasure, it is important to keep in mind that are unaware of a departments procedures.
A procedures that is necessary may seem to be a miniscule step to the guest. In this instance, a potentially loyal guest could be lost. Communicate with the guest and let them know what is occurring and assure them that you are working as quickly as possible to complete their request.
The guests expectation is that requests in a Five Star setting,  delays should not normally occur. Even with best practice service, you have a content guest, not a loyal guest.
Communicate,  assure, and assist.


Chaz Wellington – Gaming Professional

Small Goals Achievement

Achieving 5 Star customer service can be achieved with hard work and a passion for self improvement.

Working toward the main goal, set smaller goals on a daily basis and it can and will become habit.  Have a can do attitude and take the the small triumphs and project that energy to your team members.

Perfecting your own style of customer service is a great first step.  Create a personal brand while keeping the company’s mission, vision, and culture in focus!

Onward and Upward!