Editorial Board

Mr. Kimball

Larry K. Kimball

Director of Hotel Development, C. W. Clark, Inc.

Larry K. Kimball has over thirty years of hotel experience in development, finance, operations, and asset management at the corporate and operating unit levels. Mr. Kimball is currently Director of Hotel Development for C. W. Clark, Inc., a San Diego-based commercial real estate developer. In this capacity, he is responsible for the entitlement, design, financing, and asset management of several large public-private hotel and mixed-use projects totaling ~1, 200 keys with combined development costs of $600+ million. As Managing Director of Horwath Hospitality and Leisure’s San Diego office, Mr. Kimball provided consulting services to the City of Garden Grove Redevelopment Office evaluating hotel development opportunities and consulted to developers of the proposed Escondido Hotel and Conference Center. Mr. Kimball spent twenty years in Hawaii working with independent resorts and hotel brands. He led the restructuring and strategic planning effort as Lanai Company’s COO/CFO. There he was involved in Gold Nugget award winning multi-family residential development, luxury hotel operations, commercial and residential property management, significant cash flow improvement, and P&L accountability for $70+ million revenue operations with 1, 100 employees and $650 million in assets. For five years, Mr. Kimball managed the Honolulu office of a global hospitality technology consulting practice focusing on telecommunications and other information management systems and was one of seven agents nationwide for GTE Vantage Solutions. His first ten years in Hawaii with Amfac Hotels included assignments in the corporate office as well as in their 11 hotels to improve operations efficiency and profitability. Mr. Kimball received his CHA at the inaugural CHA awards ceremony where he acted as emcee. His MBA is from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. Kimball can be contacted at 858-875-5146 or larryk@CWCLARKINC.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.