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Mr. Fliess

Kevin Fliess

Vice President Supplier Network Product Marketing, Cvent

Kevin Fliess has spent the past two decades in leadership positions across B2B and B2C technology companies. He's led marketing, product management, and general management functions across a spectrum of ventures - from early stage start-ups, to growth companies, as well as established world-class brands. Mr. Fliess is currently VP of marketing at Cvent, where he leads product marketing, demand generation, and customer marketing for the Hospitality Cloud division. This includes Cvent's Group Marketing Solutions which span three online marketplaces that support a variety of meeting planners - the Cvent Supplier Network, EliteMeetings.com, and SpeedRFP.com - that expose hoteliers to hundreds of thousands of planners. Before joining Cvent, Mr. Fliess led worldwide product strategy for Hewlett Packard's $1B direct-to-customer / ecommerce channel - HP.com. Mr. Fliess also has extensive experience in the online travel industry. He was co-founder and CEO of TravelMuse, a social trip planning solution, which was acquired by Travora Media. He was also employee #1 at Room77.com, a leading meta-search site, where he led marketing, business development, and product management as GM. Earlier, Mr. Fliess was director of Product Management and later VP of Product Marketing for all Emerging Solutions at SAP (mobile, enterprise search and xApps). Mr. Fliess joined SAP by selling his first business, Venndia, a provider of collaborative workforce management software (similar to an early version of LinkedIn) to SAP. Mr. Fliess is co-inventor on 8 patents, all in internet and software technology. He also serves as an advisor to two early stage internet ventures and sits on the Cornell Hospitality School Research Advisory Board. Mr. Fliess holds a BA in Political Science and German from Washington and Lee University.

Mr. Fliess can be contacted at 866-318-4358 or kfliess@cvent.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.