Editorial Board

Mr. Ricci

Joseph Ricci

President & CEO, TRSA

Joseph Ricci is President and CEO of TRSA. Since joining TRSA, Mr. Ricci has logged more than 150,000 miles visiting laundries worldwide. His leadership has led to unprecedented membership retention and growth, as well as increased investment in research and benchmarking. In addition, he has leveraged his 25+ years of association and certification program management experience to launch certification programs that quantify the industry’s commitment to professionalism, cleanliness and sustainability including Certificated Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM), Hygienically Clean and Clean Green. In addition, he has helped forge improved relationship with the international laundry community by working closely with ETSA and co-founding the International Textile Services Alliance (ITSA). Before joining TRSA, Mr. Ricci served as Senior Association Executive with SmithBucklin, the largest international association management firm, as Executive Director for associations representing the healthcare, insurance, manufacturing and security industries including professional development and certification. He also founded Ricci Communications, a full-service marketing communications firm which was consistently ranked in the Washington Business Journal’s Top 25 Privately-Held Marketing/Public Relations Companies. Mr. Ricci has testified before the U.S. Congress. He was recently named one of the Top Association CEOs by CEO Update and was appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100. He has been cited as an authority on association management issues by USA Today, AP, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Washington Post and hundreds of print and online outlets. He has appeared on CNN, ABC Nightly News, MSNBC and other broadcast media. Mr. Ricci is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), is an active member of in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Association Leadership Council and serves on the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) Political Action Committee Board of Directors. He earned a Master in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Ricci can be contacted at 703-519-0029 or jricci@trsa.org

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.