Hosts Global (Hosts) has appointed seasoned loyalty and events industry leader Kurt Paben as president of global sales and the newest member of the company’s executive leadership team. Paben will assume the new role on September 9, 2019 and join Hosts’ global alliance of DMCs in their booth at IMEX America, an exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events occurring September 10 – 12, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Widely recognized for his event expertise and success within the loyalty industry, Paben was instrumental in the strategic growth and eventual sale of Aimia’s (formerly Carlson Marketing) events business, where he served as president, to One10. Subsequently he expanded Aimia’s consumer loyalty solutions and commercial operations across the globe. A tireless champion for the events industry, Paben has participated in several industry boards, including two terms as the SITE Foundation president. In his new role with Hosts Global, Paben will be responsible for driving the creation and execution of sales solutions company-wide and integrating Hosts’ global teams to ensure efficient and consistent service worldwide.
“Kurt’s industry leadership and successful history of developing and implementing sales strategies that strengthen the value for global clients will be a tremendous asset for our customers and our company”, said Jennifer Patino, DMCP, chief executive officer of Hosts Global. “His deep understanding of our clients’ unique needs will bolster our services and enable scalability across the enterprise.”
Since transforming from Hosts USA to Hosts Global in 2011, the company has experienced extraordinary growth. “I’m excited to build off of Hosts’ incredible momentum and creative talents to elevate our approach and delivery of best-in-class destination management services worldwide,” said Paben. “My decision to join Hosts was based on personal passion, the company’s tremendous reputation and growth potential. And, most importantly the cultural fit. We’re aligned in our core beliefs that taking care of people and having fun along the journey equates to good business for all.”
Paben will be primarily based out of the Hosts Chicago office, where he will develop and implement the strategic growth of the worldwide enterprise.