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Mr. Wilhelmsen

Kevin Wilhelmsen

Dean, University of Phoenix School of Business

Kevin Wilhelmsen is the program dean and faculty member for University of Phoenix School of Business. In this role, he is responsible for the development of industry-aligned curriculum, assessment of student learning outcomes, faculty scholarship and academic policy development. He regularly engages industry associations and employers to inform the University's curriculum and chairs the Business and Industry Relations Committee for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a global business accreditation association. Mr. Wilhelmsen leads the development of a portfolio of academic programs in industries including hospitality, retail and financial services. He recently worked with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute to develop an industry-aligned associate degree and certificate program in Hospitality Fundamentals. Mr. Wilhelmsen holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He regularly authors research articles for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a site team evaluator for the organization.

Mr. Wilhelmsen can be contacted at 602-557-1262 or Kevin.Wilhelmsen@phoenix.edu

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.