Editorial Board

Mr. Roedel, III

Fred B. Roedel, III

Partner & Managing Member, Roedel Companies, LLC

Mr. Fred Roedel is a Manager of Roedel Companies, LLC along with his brother David. He shares the responsibility of developing and implementing the annual strategic plan of Roedel Companies. He also shares the responsibility of approving the final design, budget and timeline of any asset developed. Mr. Roedel is President of ROK Builders, LLC, the wholly-owned Construction Management subsidiary of Roedel Companies. In this capacity he is responsible for developing the strategic and annual plans of ROK Builders. A prime responsibility of ROK Builders is developing outside third party major maintenance, renovation and new development business and maintaining the entity as a profitable subsidiary of Roedel Companies. Mr. Roedel’s areas of expertise include structuring and sourcing private debt and equity, real estate development and construction management. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Norwich University. Outside of his efforts with Roedel Companies, Mr. Roedel is involved with several organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, is Chairman of the Daniel Webster Council’s State of NH Friends of Scouting campaign and is on the Board of Directors of the Partridge Society at Norwich University. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the United States Rugby Football Union and was President of the New England Rugby Football Union for over 15 years.

Mr. Roedel, III can be contacted at 603-654-2040 ext. 105 or FredRoedel@roedelcompanies.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.