< PrevNext > Charles de Gaspe Beaubien, Groupize CEO The Simplifier By Elizabeth West / December 14, 2017 / Contact Reporter Share The pursuit of small meetings management historically has cooled in the face of technical constraints. Access to live meetings inventory is a challenge, as has connecting, or separating, travel costs, venue, equipment and food and beverage costs. Formal meetings management technologies like Cvent and Etouches seem like overkill for small, ad hoc meetings. Yet allowing multitudes of meetings to go unmanaged is not the answer. Small meetings need a lighter-weight, more intuitive solution with enough complexity under the hood to be effective. Like Groupize."We've built a lot of technology," said CEO Charles de Gaspe Beaubien. Yet the Groupize interface is deceptively simple. There are certain things it can't do, such as book live meeting space inventory, but plenty of things it can do. It serves content via the global distribution system with corporate preferred rates. The tool allows organizers instantly to book via the GDS as many as nine sleeping rooms for group or project travel. If meeting space is needed, Groupize reverts to a simplified email-based sourcing process that logs all communications in the tool. There are other small meetings tools in the market, but de Gaspe Beaubien has broken from the pack not only with good technology but also via a tight integration with Concur Travel that pulls profile information into Groupize and sends information back to Concur for reporting. It also facilitates an easy pass from registration to travel booking and tracks the details. "We built Groupize to integrate with Concur," he told BTN in February, because he knew the Concur Meetings technology would be pulled out of the market in January 2018. That gave Groupize a pipeline to direct corporate customers who need a logical solution. De Gaspe Beaubien also has forged relationships with more than two dozen travel management companies, and Groupize serves as a white-label solution for several that resell the product under their own names.