In a very short period of time, the balance of power has shifted dramatically away from push communication strategy, and morphed into a collaborative engagement strategy between consumers, brands, and channel partners. So, in this new world, is there still a place for CRM (Customer Relationship Management) or the Experience Economy? Why it Matters: "We now live in a world where companies and brands no longer have control of marketing, advertising, or the conversation with their customers." Are these concepts outdated and need to be thrown out? If so, what has replaced them for marketers who practice and depend on loyalty and relationship management? In our fast paced ½ hour together we will hear from Michael Lynch. With a career as diverse as loyalty itself, Lynch comes from years in both the gaming and hospitality industries. About Michael Lynch Michael recently served as the director of loyalty marketing and market research at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises where he was responsible for all direct marketing efforts including; strategy, teleservices, Frequent Diner loyalty club, email marketing, website and operational customer relationship management. Lynch was also responsible for research and market survey analysis. Since 1982, Lynch has developed and executed highly successful database marketing initiatives through effective messaging, segmentation, and differentiation. He has recently developed the relational database that is at the center of Lettuce Entertain You’s ability to analyze customer information and behavior and to make critical marketing decisions. Lynch received his BSBA in Economics from the University of Central Florida and his MBA from Louisiana State University. Soon after graduating, Lynch was asked to join the faculty of LSU-S. Lynch has also held faculty positions teaching undergraduate and graduate marketing and management courses at Indiana University-Northwest and DePaul University in Chicago where Lynch currently teaches Foodservice Management and Customer Relationship Management courses. Michael is an adjunct instructor at WVU in the DMC Master of Science program and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Hospitality Management at Iowa State University.