Editorial Board

Ms. Farley

Tammy Farley

Co-Founder and President, The Rainmaker Group

Tammy Farley co-founded The Rainmaker Group in 1998 and serves as its president. She spearheads all sales, marketing and customer-related operations for the organization, which is the market leader in profit optimization solutions serving hotel, casino hotel, resort, and multifamily housing operators. Ms. Farley is someone who always goes the extra mile for a customer or a cause, and in fact once walked 60 miles alongside a client to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. She brings that same drive and energy to Rainmaker, and her expert stewardship, along with that of co-founder Bruce Barfield, has earned their company a spot among the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies for five consecutive years. Ms. Farley prides herself on delivering on Rainmaker’s promises to clients and on creating a great place to work. She brings her passion for community involvement into the workplace, spurring her team on at Habitat for Humanity build events, partnering with Make-a-Wish Georgia to make a four-year-old’s Disney and Legoland wish come true, and inviting a former wish recipient to speak at Rainmaker’s annual kick-off meeting. A widely acknowledged expert in revenue management technologies in the travel industry, Ms. Farley is a frequent and passionate speaker at industry and academic conferences. She is a highly respected resource for innovative revenue management practices, particularly in the casino, hotel and resort markets. Her expertise in that arena led to her recognition in 2012 as a Great Women of Gaming Proven Leader. Ms. Farley often takes the wheel of Rainmaker’s Twitter handle to share insights on topics from leadership and strategy to great business ideas. She serves on the board of directors for HSMAI and participates in the Gaming & Leisure CIO Roundtable. She also is vice chair and incoming chair of the Georgia Make-A-Wish Foundation. Ms. Farley graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and, during college breaks, her daughter Grace. She loves to travel, and when visiting Grace in New York City, the two bond over shopping expeditions that allow Ms. Farley to explore the world of fashion through her daughter’s eyes. A work-out fiend, she particularly enjoys putting pedal to the metal at Flywheel. Please visit www.letitrain.com for more information.

Ms. Farley can be contacted at 678-578-5700 or tammy.farley@letitrain.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.