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Mr. Robinette

Del Robinette

Vice President Sales & Marketing, Hospitality Management Corporation

Del Robinette is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Hospitality Management Corporation (HMC). Founded in 1971, HMC is a privately owned independent management company and one of the oldest and most well established in the lodging industry. His main responsibilities include supervision of the sales and marketing revenue generation goals of the company, talent development, marketing and promotional opportunities, brand relationships and ownership expectations across HMC’s portfolio. Throughout his career, he has spent a majority of his focus in the sales discipline, from grass roots and pre-opening experience to revitalization and sales efforts in distressed hotel environments. Under Mr. Robinette’s leadership his teams have won several awards including Sales Team of the Year for the Crowne Plaza brand in 2008 and in 2010, and Del was recognized as Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year in 2011. Mr. Robinette’s extensive experience in the hospitality industry has led to developing the best possible mutli-layered sales approaches to ensure there is comprehensive coverage of all facets of sales and revenue generation. He is also expert in leveraging brand tools and understanding brand metrics, focusing on key and target account penetration and repositioning post-brand migration and renovation. Some additional key areas of focus in his role are driving positive RevPar and market share results across the entire HMC portfolio. Training and developing sales leaders in the field are also a top priority along with implementing and executing strategic sales plans to enhance profitability for each of the hotels. Lastly, Mr. Robinette oversees setting strategic direction for the various properties through annual budgeting processes and creating reliable and result-focused annual marketing plans. Please visit http://www.hospitalitymgt.com for more information.

Mr. Robinette can be contacted at 972-934-2040 or drobinette@hospitalitymgt.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.