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Mr. Welty

John Welty

Practice Leader, SUITELIFE, Venture Insurance Programs

John Welty is the practice leader for SUITELIFE, an all-lines insurance and risk program for upscale hotels and resort properties administered by Venture Insurance Programs. Venture is a national program administrator for select industries, including the hotel, hotel resort, hotel management and luxury boutiques industries At Venture, Mr. Welty is responsible for managing SUITELIFE’s underwriting team and maintaining the company’s top-tier carrier relationships. He is responsible for pro-actively and strategically managing the retention and growth of the SUITELIFE through disciplined underwriting, managing program profitability, and program expansion and development. Mr. Welty oversees all aspects of the SUITELIFE program from underwriting, broker relationships, marketing, carrier relationships, employee growth opportunities, and client relationships to ensure a steady, profitable, and expanding program. Mr. Welty has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years, specializing in commercial risks. Prior to joining Venture, he was casualty manager for the Mid-Atlantic region of American International Group in Philadelphia for nine years. There, he oversaw large deductible casualty placements. Prior to his time at AIG, Mr. Welty was a member of hartz consulting group, llc., a regional, full-service brokerage and consulting firm. Mr. Welty has a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and an associate’s degree in risk management from the Insurance Institute of America. Mr. Welty can be contacted at 800-282-6247 ext. 276 or JWelty@ventureprograms.com. Please visit http://ventureprograms.com for more information.

Mr. Welty can be contacted at 800-282-6247 ext. 276 or JWelty@ventureprograms.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.