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Mr. Shashou

Alexander Shashou

Co-Founder and President, ALICE

Alex Shashou is the Co-Founder and President of ALICE. Since founding ALICE in September 2013, the startup has become one of the fastest growing companies in the hospitality technology space. Mr. Shashou has taken the company through four rounds of funding, raising a total of $39M. The ALICE team is now over 140 employees and the company has a global customer base of 2000+ in the hospitality and residential sectors.

As President, Mr. Shashou runs the company's brand, culture, and management teams. In 2019, ALICE was awarded Best Place to Work, Best Concierge Software, Best Preventative Maintenance Software, Best Guest App, and a Top Staff Task Management & Collaboration Platform in the HotelTechAwards. ALICE is also the Brand Official Staff Operations Technology for the Forbes Travel Guide.

Born and raised in London, Mr. Shashou grew up in the hospitality industry, as his family operated 90 hotels across three hotel chains in the UK, including the Malmaison and Hotel Du Vin hotel brands. He is a sought-after hospitality thought leader, speaking on technology and hospitality innovation at conferences around the world. 

In 2016, Mr. Shashou was awarded the HFTP President's Award. The award is selected by the current HFTP Global President and recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry and the association throughout the course of a year. In 2018, he was also awarded the Hotel Experience Next Generation Leader Award.

Mr. Shashou received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations and Information Management. After graduation, he began his career with Goldman Sachs in the Equity Sales division in New York before leaving to found ALICE.

Please visit http://www.aliceplatform.com for more information.

Mr. Shashou can be contacted at +1 212-579-2861 or alexander.shashou@alice-app.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.