Editorial Board

Mr. Harvey

Philip J Harvey

President, Venture Insurance Programs

Philip J. Harvey is president of Venture Insurance Programs, a national program administrator for select industries, including hotels, resorts and golf and country clubs. Through Venture, Mr. Harvey created a leading all-lines insurance program for hotels and resorts called SUITELIFE. Mr. Harvey has more than 35 years of insurance experience in all facets of property and casualty insurance. The hallmark of Venture is an entrepreneurial spirit that identifies market needs and works to develop unique solutions. Mr. Harvey values employees and business partners who share this same entrepreneurial approach. He prides himself on being responsive to client issues and industry trends, and he has instilled the same commitment in his staff. In addition to the SUITELIFE insurance program for hotels and resorts, Mr. Harvey created all-lines insurance programs for the golf, marine, technology, life sciences and banking industries as well as a Professional Liability unit for privately-held, publicly-traded and non-profit organizations. In 2006, he formed Inventure, Inc. as a holding company for Venture Insurance Programs; IRISK (an independent risk management firm); and Vertibrands (an insurance marketing communications agency). In 2007 Mr. Harvey was named to the board of directors of Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA) following Venture’s receipt of TMPAA’s Best Practice Designation. Prior to founding Venture, he started Philip J. Harvey & Co., Inc. in 1977 as a regional general lines insurance brokerage serving large commercial accounts. Please visit pharvey@ventureprograms.com for more information.

Mr. Harvey can be contacted at 800-282-6247 or

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.