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Ms. Dobney

Angie Dobney

Vice President of Pricing & Revenue Management Services, Rainmaker Group

Angie Dobney was named Vice President of Pricing and Revenue Management Services for The Rainmaker Group in July 2014. Based out of Rainmaker's Las Vegas office, Ms. Dobney is responsible for leading and managing a tight-knit team that offers traditional hotel and casino-hotel properties a wide range of services, including helping uncover new revenue opportunities, temporary revenue management staffing, as well as hiring and training new revenue management hires. For new Rainmaker customers, Ms. Dobney and her team can serve as a de facto revenue management service - helping to set, guide and execute a property's strategies. The service was created to assist traditional hotel and casino-hotel properties in the often-difficult task of finding and hiring experienced revenue management professionals. Ms. Dobney's team is not limiting its services to Rainmaker customers only. Her long-range plan is to provide a diversity of services to companies of all sizes, including managing all distribution partners, corporate strategic assessments, and fine-tuning a property's wholesale or OTA partners. The hospitality/revenue management executive, respected consultant, and longtime Rainmaker customer began her professional career in hotel operations. From 1998-2004, she held positions in sales and account management for leading software companies, including Springer-Miller Systems and Newmarket International. Ms. Dobney began her revenue management career with Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, in the spring of 2004. After a nearly seven-year stint as Hard Rock's executive director of revenue management, she joined Station Casinos as its corporate director of revenue management. Most recently, she was president and lead consultant of The Dobney Group, a Las Vegas-based hospitality consulting company. Ms. Dobney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and earned Mentor of the Year Award in 2007. She is actively involved with her alma mater, currently serving as a guest lecturer.

Ms. Dobney can be contacted at 702-580-5355 or angie.dobney@letitrain.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.