Editorial Board

HotelExecutive's Exclusive Editorial Board for 2018

Guest Authors

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Academia

  • Christos Karmis, President, Mobilite
  • Dave Weinstein, Vice President, Kube Systems, Inc.
  • Del Robinette, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Hospitality Management Corporation
  • Drew Patterson, Co-Founder and CEO, CheckMate
  • Gabor Forgacs, Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of Guelph
  • Glenn Withiam, Executive Edtor, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Cornell University
  • John Tsoflios, Director, Rewards & OD Division of the HRD, Qatar Chemical; Faculty Member Glion Online
  • John T. Bowen, Dean & Barron Hilton Distinguished Chair at the Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston
  • Julian Jost, CEO and Founder, Spacebase
  • Keith Halfmann, Vice President of Operations, Marcus Hotels
  • Kevin Richards, Chief Operating Officer, Legacy Ventures
  • Marvee Marr, Assist. Professor, Forbes School of Business, Ashford University; Faculty Member Glion Online
  • Mary Farmer, Director, Online Programs, Glion Institute of Higher Education
  • Michael Kasavana, NAMA Endowed Professor, School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University
  • Natasa Christodoulidou, Assistant Professor, California State University
  • Oliver Tang, Analyst, Horwath HTL
  • Paul Vanderbroeck, Chartered FCIPD CC, Leadership Expert, PVDB Consulting; Faculty Member Glion Online
  • Paul Breslin, Managing Director, Horwath HTL
  • Robert O’Halloran, Professor & Director, Hospitality Management, East Carolina University

Architecture & Design

Boutique Hotels

Concierge

Cultural Tourism

Development & Construction

  • Jeff Green, President and CEO, Jeff Green Partners
  • Randy Brown, President and Founder, Soundproof Windows

Diversity Issues

Eco-Friendly Practices

Executive Leadership

  • Arman Sadeghi, CEO and Founder, Titanium Success
  • Bill Hoffman, President/CEO, Trigild
  • Dave Ratner, Motivational Speaker/CEO, Dave's Soda & Pet City
  • Dawn Walzak, First Vice President, Tishman Hotel Corporation
  • Gianluca Giglio, Managing Director, Ragosta Hotels Collection
  • James Marino, General Manager, The Lexington New York City
  • James M. Carmody, Vice President & General Manager, Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
  • Johan Creytens, Owner & General Manager, Hotel Heritage, a Relais & Chateaux Property
  • Kyle Rogg, President & COO, Value Place
  • Olivier Bottois, Managing Director & COO, The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa
  • Phil Tufano, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Kokua Hospitality
  • Scott Nadel, Chief Operating Officer, DMC Hotels/Dhillon Management

Family Travel

Featured Hotels

Food & Beverage

Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment

Group Meetings

Guest Service / Customer Experience Mgmt

Hospitality Law

Hotel Analytics

  • Christian Hardigree, Founding Director, Michael A. Leven School of Culinary Sustainability, KSU

Hotel Conferencing

  • Brett Ellison, General Manager, Kansas City Marriott, Country Club Plaza

Hotel Market Reports

Hotel Operations

Human Resources, Recruitment & Training

Insurance

Mobile Technology

Revenue Management

  • Ahmed Mahmoud, Founder, revenueyourhotel.com
  • Ally Dombey, Managing Director, Revenue by Design
  • Amy Bair, Career Services Analyst, Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Angie Dobney, Vice President of Pricing & Revenue Management Services, Rainmaker Group
  • Anthony Clervi, Vice President, UNA Purchasing Solutions
  • Arturo Garcia Rosa, President & Founder, SAHIC South America and SAHIC Cuba
  • Ashley Verrill, Market Analyst, Software Advice
  • Barb Bowden, Director, Corporate Revenue Management, Peabody Hotels
  • Bhanu Chopra, CEO, RateGain
  • Bill Kotrba, VP of Industry Strategy, Leisure, Travel & Hospitality, JDA Software
  • Bill Linehan, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Red Lion Hotels Corporation
  • Boaz Ashbel, Managing Director, Aztec Group
  • Bob Mattler, Managing Director, Pace Equity
  • Bonnie Buckhiester, President, Buckhiester Management Limited
  • Bram Gallagher, Economist, CBRE Hotels' Americas Research
  • Breffni Noone, Associate Professor, School of Hospitality, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Brian Tkac, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Hotstmark Hospitality Group
  • Brian Bolf, VP of Revenue and Profit Optimization, Kokua Hospitality
  • Chinmai Sharma, Vice President Revenue Management, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Clifford Ferrara, Vice President of Sales & Revenue Management, Chesapeake Hospitality
  • Daniel Chao, General Manager, Novotel Nanjing East and Novotel Nanjing Central
  • David Gilbert, President - Hospitality Group, Heartland Payment Systems
  • Deirdre Martin Yack, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel 50 Bowery
  • Denise Broussard, Senior Vice President Revenue Management & eCommerce, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • Don Wilson, Senior Vice President, Maxim Revenue Management Solutions
  • Drew Salapka, Vice President of Sales and Revenue Generation, Hotel Equities
  • EJ Schanfarber, President & Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Hospitality
  • Elizabeth Churchill, Chief Revenue Officer, Aqua-Aston Hospitality
  • Eric Gourdie, Strategic Revenue Director, Sceptre Hospitality Resources
  • Francesca Vereb, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Hospitality Cloud, Cvent
  • Heather Stone, Global Executive Vice President, CSI Enterprises
  • Jaavid Bharucha, Corporate Director of Revenue Management, Arbor Lodging Management
  • Jenna Smith, Vice President of Revenue Management, First Hospitality Group
  • Jesse Ostrum, Vice President of Revenue Management, Vantage Hospitality
  • Jim Sprigg, Director of Database Marketing & Analytics, Intercontinental Hotel Group
  • Jon Higbie, Chief Science Officer, Revenue Analytics, Inc.
  • Jonathan Sockell, Product Marketing Manager, Medallia
  • Kathy Conroy , CEO and Director/Partner , HVS Miami
  • Kelly McGuire, Vice President, Advanced Analytics, Wyndham Destination Network
  • Kevin Robinson, COO and Managing Partner, Aparium Hotel Group
  • Klaus Kohlmayr, Chief Commercial Officer, TSA Solutions
  • Kristie Dickinson, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, CHMWarnick
  • Kristie Goshow, Vice President Marketing, Sabre Hospitality
  • Larry Trabulsi, Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick
  • Liz Uber, Vice President of Revenue Management, Pillar Hotels & Resorts
  • Loulu Lima, Principal, LL Consulting
  • Mario Candeias, Regional Director, Lisbon, Pestana Hotels and Resorts
  • Mark Masuda, Vice President of Sales & Marketing , AmericInn
  • Mark Davis, General Manager, Hilton Los Angeles Universal City
  • Mark Ricketts, President & Chief Operating Officer, McNeill Hotels
  • Matt Lindsay, President, Mather Economics LLC
  • Matthew Goulden, Managing Director, Triometric
  • Michael McCartan, Managing Director Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Duetto
  • Michael Brownsdon, Associate, Capital Allowances, Savills
  • Michael Doyle, Managing Director and Executive VP, CHMWarnick
  • Michelle Woodley, Senior Vice President of Distribution & Revenue Management, Preferred Hotel Group
  • Mmatsatsi Ramawela, CEO, Tourism Business Council of South Africa
  • Motti Tadmor, Technology Business Analyst, MICROS Systems, Inc.
  • Nicole Adair, Area Director of Revenue Management, SHR
  • Nitin Shah, Chairman & CEO, Embassy National Bank
  • Paul Wood, Vice President of Revenue Management, Greenwood Hospitality
  • Paula Macdonald, Director of Communications, McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
  • Rhett Hirko, Executive Director, Preferred Hotels and Resorts
  • Robert Mandelbaum, Director of Research Information Services, CBRE Hotels' Americas Research
  • Robert Rauch, Chief Executive Officer, RAR Hospitality
  • Sanjay Nagalia, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, IDeaS - A SAS Company
  • Scott Roby, Vice President, Revenue Management, Evolution Hospitality
  • Sheenal Patel, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NVN Hotels
  • Sheryl E. Kimes, Professor of Operations Management, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
  • Stan van Roij, Managing Director, Easy (Ez) Revenue Management Solutions Ltd
  • Stefan Wolf, Senior Vice President Revenue & Distribution Strategy, Onyx Hospitality Group
  • Stephen Darling, Principal, Stephen Darling Hospitality Consultancy Inc.
  • Steven Pinchuk, Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management, IBM
  • Theodore Mandigo, Professor, Kendall Coillege

Sales & Marketing

Security & Safety

Social Media & Relationship Marketing

Spas, Health & Wellness

Technology

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.