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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 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.