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Ms. Ellis

Maricha Ellis

VP of Marketing & Sales Operations, Stericycle Environmental Solutions

Maricha Ellis is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations of Stericycle Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of environmental and regulated waste management solutions. In this role, Ms. Ellis directs the development of Stericycle Environmental Solutions product/service strategies, tactics and revenue. She provides leadership, direction and management of marketing personnel, including new business development and product management, vertical marketing, digital strategy, brand and marketing communications, public relations and events. Her responsibilities also include developing and implementing strategic marketing plans, marketing metrics and data analysis to support and drive the business. Additionally, she monitors the market and regulatory environment to identify trends, shifts and opportunities; directs internal communication to incite growth activities and directs external communication through various channels/mediums to gain positive awareness impact. Ms. Ellis brings over 15 years of global strategy, product management and marketing experience. She leverages a broad technical, commercial and business background. Prior to joining Stericycle, Ms. Ellis consulted and held leadership positions as Director of Americas Marketing for Honeywell, Director of Market and Channel Programs and Business Manager for Belden and Product Management and Sales Roles for Rexnord Industries. Ms. Ellis has had significant experience in product management including driving new product commercialization processes and comprehensive voice of customer programs. Her background also includes improvements in sales forecasting and operations, strategy planning and deployment, branding, and P&L management. During her career, she has served in various roles, such as Manufacturing Engineer, Product Design Engineer, Account Manager, Product Manager, Director of Marketing, and Americas Marketing Director. Stericycle Environmental Solutions delivers a comprehensive portfolio of environmentally responsible, flexible and cost-effective offerings to help hospitality customers with any hazardous waste management needs. Stericycle Environmental Solutions combines its proven experience with customized solutions to meet the unique needs of each hotel property. Please visit http://www.stericycleenvironmental.com/ for more information.

Ms. Ellis can be contacted at 844-836-0848 or mellis@stericycleenvironmental.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.