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Mr. Collins

William Collins

Executive Director Vertical Market Strategy, Heartland Payment Systems

William Collins, executive director of vertical market strategy for Heartland Payment Systems has over 20 years experience leading successful sales, marketing and business development efforts for organizations within the technology, telecommunications and financial services arena. Mr. Collins's career includes tenures at both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial start-ups, including companies such as Harris Corporation, Preferred Networks, Verizon Communications, Atrana Solutions, Alliance Data and Heartland Payment Systems. With each company, Mr. Collins had the opportunity to lead and develop product marketing, business development and sales distribution strategies. Mr. Collins also was involved in preparing Preferred Networks to go public and preparing Atrana Solutions and the NWS division of Alliance Data for acquisition, both of which are now part of Heartland Payment Systems. Mr. Collins and his team are responsible for developing and implementing the Hotel and Lodging strategy at Heartland. Within this role, the team is determining ways that Heartland can better serve the Hotel and Lodging industry, whether that be in developing new technology solutions to better secure credit card data or to develop sales and marketing programs that deliver value added products and services to operators across the country, enabling them to improve their bottom line and provide a higher level of service to their guests. Mr. Collins's team works with other departments within Heartland, other solution partners within the hotel and lodging space as well as with the primary trade and member associations to enhance the value that Heartland brings to our stakeholders. Mr. Collins has published several articles regarding industry trends and best practices and is a regular guest speaker at conferences, association meetings and training seminars. Mr. Collins served in the U.S. Army-Signal Corp, stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, and has a Bachelors degree in marketing from Montana State University-Bozeman. He received an Executive MBA from Baylor University Hankamer School of Business.

Mr. Collins can be contacted at 972-295-8677 or William.Collins@e-hps.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.