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Mr. Simoni

Steven Simoni

CEO & Co-Founder, Bbot

Steven Simoni is co-founder and CEO of Bbot. He founded Bbot in 2017 with two co-founders, Greg Jaworski and Luke Allen, who met while officers in the Navy, working in Washington D.C. for the Naval Reactors Program.

Bbot company creates mobile ordering technology for bars, restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality providers. It was built to simplify the ordering experience through mobile technology. It ultimately helps its clients increase efficiency, better support servers and improve guest experiences.

The original Bbot solution provided support from ordering through to delivery. It allowed customers to order drinks on their smartphones that were then delivered by robots that moved across the ceiling. Following client feedback and extensive industry research, which found that the industry need was for support around ordering and payments rather than delivery, the Bbot team shifted their focus to a solely on-demand mobile ordering software solution. Today's Bbot offering is a robust, configurable solution that helps businesses create digital menus and provide guest-controlled, contactless ordering and payment options.

Prior to founding Bbot and building the company's smart ordering tech, Mr. Simoni held roles in sales, product and engineering at companies including Marketo - the leader in marketing automation software - and Everstring - an AI and data analytics company. He also started his own consulting firm to help companies integrate and optimize their tech solutions, and he was the co-founder and CTO of a start-up company that developed a video tool for sales teams.

Mr. Simoni began his career in the U.S. Navy where he worked in electrical and systems engineering. He's a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Please visit http://www.bbot.menu for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevensimoni

Mr. Simoni can be contacted at +1 814-574-6339 or steve@bbot.menu

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.