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Mr. Ratner

Dave Ratner

Motivational Speaker/CEO, Dave's Soda & Pet City

Dave Ratner has represented the voice of small business owners before both houses of Congress and continues to work to elevate the retail industry. Despite a myriad of top competitors, Mr. Ratner built a business with fanatical customer loyalty and employees who have been with him forever. He is known for creative and cost-effective marketing strategies that have allowed him to compete with large national chain stores and win. Mr. Ratner is also the author of Creating Customer Love: Make Your Customers Love You So Much They'll Never Go Anyplace Else! The book is a primer for entrepreneurs and executives, as well as hoteliers and other business leaders, with an interest in the positive emotional connection people have with certain brands. That relationship is at the center of the loyalty consumers have for select companies, and the gratitude those businesses have for these men and women. A frequent speaker before a variety of groups, and an active business traveler throughout the United States, Mr. Ratner addresses issues involving leadership, marketing and branding, innovation, as well as exceptional service and respect for consumers of diverse interests and backgrounds. For more than four decades, Mr. Ratner has been building an independent, critically and commercially acclaimed pet supply business. With seven Dave's Soda and Pet City stores, and a nationally marketed line of high-quality pet food for dogs and cats, Dave has earned a seat at the table on the National Retail Federation Board of Directors. A writer, speaker, entrepreneur and storyteller, Mr. Ratner resides with his family in Western Massachusetts.

Please visit www.daveratner.com/retail-marketing-speaker/ for more information.

Mr. Ratner can be contacted at 888-763-2738 or dave@davespetcity.com

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.