Editorial Board

Mr. Crellin

Roger Crellin

President of the Americas, iBAHN

Roger Crellin joined iBAHN in early 2011 as President for the Americas. In this role, he directs all aspects of iBAHN’s broadband, convention, networks and IPTV business for the region and also has responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day direct management of the Americas region. He serves on the iBAHN global management leadership council which is responsible for the strategy of the global business and its customer direction. He is based in Denver, Colorado, at the company’s regional headquarters office for the Americas. Mr. Crellin’s specialization is driving the commercial success of technology applications. Prior to joining iBAHN, he served as the managing director of Acentic, a European competitor, for nearly six years. During his highly successful tenure, Mr. Crellin managed the company’s European financial, operations, sales and marketing performance across seven subsidiaries and more than 20 territories. He also successfully expanded the company’s European sales and operations distribution throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. These activities resulted in a more robust customer facing and financially secure business which was successfully acquired under a trade sale in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Acentic, Mr. Crellin served as general manager, consumer digital services at Fujifilm. In this role, he was charged with leading the division’s successful migration to digital printing. During this time he was recognized by an Australian Federal Government study and the University of Technology Sydney as a leader in the positive management of technological change impacts on operating businesses. Mr. Crellin has deep experience in managing businesses in more than thirty countries across four continents, and has considerable global hospitality industry experience, including serving as chief operating officer for the International Hotels Association, Australia. Originally studying economics whilst working in the finance and hotel industries Mr. Crellin earned a masters degree from the Melbourne Business School where he focused on international distribution strategy. He epitomizes the industry and the adage “think like a hotelier.”

Mr. Crellin can be contacted at 801-952-2019 or rcrellin@ibahn.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.