Editorial Board

Mr. Henry

Eric Henry

President, Tightrope Media Systems

Eric Henry is President of Tightrope Media Systems, a leading supplier of digital signage software, broadcast automation and servers. Upon joining the company in 2013 as Business Architect, Mr. Henry made an immediate impact with business development, product development, and operational initiatives. This included the rollout of new business processes and procedures, including a transition to Netsuite software tools for managing daily operations, that reduced costs and increases operational efficiencies for the company. On the product development side, Mr. Henry was behind the innovations of Carousel 7.0 Digital Signage Software, which represents an enormous leap in ease of use and operational flexibility for customers worldwide. His business development initiatives also resulted in significant annual year-on-year revenue increases, and key partnerships with major industry vendors such as BrightSign. Since becoming President in 2016, Mr. Henry’s main responsibilities include management of key industry relationships, new talent acquisition, and ensuring the entire Tightrope Media Systems team is equipped with the resources they need to continue innovating for the broadcast and professional AV industries. One of his chief focal points is to invest in tools that help everyday people and businesses tell their story, from simplicity of Tightrope designs through to the availability of the company’s software – and partner hardware – that deliver outstanding overall value. Prior to joining Tightrope, Mr. Henry worked at Tierney Brothers, a dealer and systems integration firm that includes Tightrope among its many clients. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Mr. Henry attended Bethel University and majored in Accounting and Finance. Please visit http://www.trms.com for more information.

Mr. Henry can be contacted at 866-866-4118 or eric.henry@trms.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.