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Mr. Bolf

Brian Bolf

VP of Revenue and Profit Optimization, Kokua Hospitality

As vice president of revenue and profit optimization, Brian Bolf is responsible for revenue management and e-Commerce at Kokua Hospitality. Mr. Bolf is a collaborative, trusted leader who is valued for his holistic and transparent approach to assisting properties reach their optimal performance levels. He works closely with the hotel executive teams, asset management groups, and owners to properly align customized efforts to reach a unified goal at each property. Through his twenty-five plus years of experience in the industry across a multitude of independent and branded hotels, he has specialized in process improvement and utilizing data analytics to creatively develop profit opportunities for the portfolio. Leading the charge of Kokuas recently developed revenue management platform, Mr. Bolf is focused on maintaining a true advantage above the competition. He employs a strategic approach to understanding market trends and customer behavior that is both progressive and insightful. Before joining Kokua Hospitality in 2007, Mr. Bolf worked with numerous hotel brands that included Hard Rock Hotels, Omni Hotels, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, and Preferred Hotels & Resorts. Prior to turning his focus to hotel revenue management, Mr. Bolf worked at Solo Cup Company as a senior global accountant, responsible for the financial reporting of six foreign entities, totaling to two billion in annual revenues. Mr. Bolf graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and finance and holds an A.A.S. degree in marketing. Please visit http://www.kokuahospitality.com for more information.

Mr. Bolf can be contacted at 312-644-4800 or brian.bolf@kokuahospitality.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.