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Mr. Hall

Stephen Hall

Founder, Brandworks Distribution LLC

Stephen S.J. Hall was a 1956 graduate of the school of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He also holds an MBA with high honors from Michigan State University as well as a Masters Degree in Divinity from Harvard. After serving as a Marine Corps officer from 1956 to 1958 he spent most of his career in the hospitality industry starting as a field engineer with Sheraton Corporation. He was promoted to Director of Operations Support for ITT Sheraton leaving in 1971 to become Vice President for Administration of Harvard where he managed 10 departments with an annual budget of $95 million dollars spending an additional 300 million per annum for new construction. While at ITT Sheraton one of his duties was as the first Quality Assurance Director in the industry. In 1981 he formed a quality assurance consulting company and implemented the first quality assurance program in the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The company also put in programs in the Bahamas as well as several hotels in the US including the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Mr. Hall has taught Quality Assurance at several universities including Cornell, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, New Hampshire, the Instut de Management Hoteiier in Cergy- Pontoise, France as well as Glion in Switzerland where he was also the Director of Studies. He has given seminars worldwide. He has also held positions as Pastor of the Congregational church in Cohasset Massachusetts and the Associate Pastor of the American Church in Paris, France. Mr. Hall has written and published four books: QUALITY ASSURANCE IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY - The American Society for Quality Control, READINGS IN ETHICS - Education Institute of AH&LA, JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE - Dog Ear Press and PLUMB BOB - Dog Ear Press. While quality assurance is traditionally defined as conformance to standards will Mr. Hall has promoted the idea that conformance to standards alone is insufficient. Standards must be “right” standards thus introducing ethics and replaces quality assurance with the word excellence as the ultimate goal. Excellence is defined as “consistently doing right things.” Although several surveys, in recent years, indicated that managers have a strong interest in ethics and consider the practice of ethics to be beneficial to the bottom line, few hotels have a comprehensive program of ethics in place. The problem is analyzed in the book PLUMB BOB which also includes a new theory of which can be easily taught to employees

Mr. Hall can be contacted at Larry_Hall@SpringerMiller.com

Coming up in October 2020...

Revenue Management: Maximizing Profit

Hotel Revenue Management continues to evolve at a blistering pace. Driven by technological innovation and new distribution channels, there are some dynamic opportunities for expansion in this fast-growing field. The technology is primarily designed to help revenue managers further refine their operations and pricing models to maximize hotel profit. For example, hotels can't be all things to all people, so a key strategy is to precisely identify their target audience. By employing geo-targeting techniques and analyzing behavior such as previous bookings, on-property purchases and online shopping practices, there is an increased capability to define guest demographics. By segmenting customers in more specific ways, hotels are able to create more personalized experiences which, in turn, allow managers to optimize their room rates. It is also an effective way to fulfill the unique needs and preferences of the individual. Another methodology is to consistently monitor the competition's pricing strategies. There are software tools that analyze a competitor's current rates, and then allow a hotel to make its own pricing adjustments. It is also a useful means to conduct forecasting models. Other technologies that are being integrated into a revenue manager's toolkit include Artificial Intelligence in the form of automated algorithms, and Voice Recognition (VR) for data inquiries, rate changes, and booking behavior. Predictive and analytic software programs are also being leveraged to provide more forward-looking data, instead of the usual reliance on historical performance. These metrics allow managers to be more proactive - rather than reactive - with their revenue strategy. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine these developments and report on how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.