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Mr. Holzberg

Mark Holzberg

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Technology Solutions, Inc.

Mark Holzberg founded Hotel Technology Solutions, Inc. (HTS) in 2006 with a vision to acquire and build a platform company to provide a holistic solution to the technology needs of the hospitality industry. In December, 2007 HTS acquired Lorica Solutions after an extensive diligence process, seeing in Lorica just the platform it was looking for - a combination of leading technology, an in-depth understanding of the hotel industry and exceptional NOC and Help Desk support. Mr. Holzberg has more than twenty years' experience running and building profitable companies and business units, through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. He has held CEO and other senior executive positions with companies in the travel and hotel technology vendor space for over fifteen years. As President and CEO of AlphaNet Hospitality Systems, Holzberg introduced InnFax to the hospitality industry in the early 1990's, built and managed its organization, and led the company through its IPO and later diversification. Subsequently, Holzberg served as Chief Financial Officer of TravelCLICK, Inc., where he was instrumental in helping to build the Company from its start-up phase to a profitable $140 million firm with more than 10,000 hotel customers world-wide. Among other achievements at TravelCLICK, Holzberg led the Company's successful fundraising efforts, managed its relationship with Bain Capital, and executed several acquisitions, including that of iHotelier, which served as a core business component fueling much of TravelCLICK's growth. Later, Holzberg as President of Bartech the Americas, re-engineered the sales force and business process of this international supplier of automated hotel minibar systems. Holzberg has also served as President of Travel Development at Western Union Corporation and as a senior consultant with The Graycon Group. Earlier, Holzberg acquired and served as CEO of a ground and air courier company after beginning his career working for a merchant banking and buyout firm. He is also a former U.S. Army intelligence officer. Mr. Holzberg is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University, where he was an Alternate Truman Scholar.

Mr. Holzberg can be contacted at 410-757-0586 or mholzberg@loricasolutions.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.