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Mr. Martyna

Bobby Martyna

President & CEO, Tradavo

Bobby Martyna is co-founder and president/CEO of Tradavo. After graduating from Stony Brook University in New York, Mr. Martyna began his career at Goddard Spaceflight Center, writing satellite operations software for NASA. He subsequently moved west where he designed and developed communications technology solutions for global markets.

In 1996, Mr. Martyna launched his first entrepreneurial venture, spinning out neglected software assets of a public company into a private venture, Vertel, and re-positioning it for global success. Vertel went public in 1998. Over the last two decades, Mr. Martyna has founded and run both venture backed and bootstrapped companies, primarily in the e-commerce industry.

After identifying retail as a target market lacking in innovative technology solutions, Mr. Martyna founded Tradavo in Denver, Colorado in 2006. Tradavo built the industry's first e-commerce ordering platform for hotel markets and pantries, working directly with Marriott International to define and roll out a groundbreaking solution for simplifying wholesale purchases.

Over the last decade, Mr. Martyna drove Tradavo to add design, merchandising and technology solutions for hotels, enabling Tradavo to claim the clear industry leadership position in Managed Pantry solutions. Today, Tradavo works across all major brands, chain scales and owner/operators as well as with many independents. Tradavo continues to lead the industry with innovative design services for a number of leading hotel brands and owner/operators.

The Company is also leading the strategy of transforming lobby retail into a compelling guest destination, rather than simply for grab 'n go impulse purchases. Additionally, Mr. Martyna drove the design and implementation of Visuality™, an innovative iPad-based solution for design, merchandise planning, guest retail checkout, inventory management and task management, further advancing Tradavo's leadership position in the hospitality market.

Through Mr. Martyna's vision and the team's execution, Tradavo has become the go-to provider for retail solutions in hotel retail and currently serves 2,500 hotels throughout North America and dozens around the world.

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

Mr. Martyna can be contacted at 510-432-4577 or bmartyna@tradavo

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.