Editorial Board

Mr. Perrine

Bernard Perrine

CEO & Co-Founder, SocialCentiv

Bernard Perrine is the CEO and co-founder of SocialCentiv, an online software-based service that helps companies find new customers on Twitter. He previously was a founding partner and former corporate officer of Kinko’s Inc., where he was responsible for leading all vectors of products, services, marketing and human resources. Mr. Perrine was a worldwide general manager for Eastman Kodak, where he had full profit-and-loss and international general management responsibility for four global business units. Following his appointment at Eastman Kodak, Mr. Perrine served as worldwide general manager at Microsoft Inc., where he held global P&L responsibility while leading the expansion of the company’s Mobile & Embedded Device sales, marketing and product efforts. Before joining in SocialCentiv’s launch in 2008, Mr. Perrine was vice president of sales and marketing at Rexel Inc., where he led U.S. sales and marketing for the $3 billion electrical distribution company, the largest such business of its type in the world.

Mr. Perrine can be contacted at bernie@socialcentiv.com.

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.