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Ms. Fyock

Cathy Fyock

Principal, Cathy Fyock

Cathy Fyock, CSP, SPHR, is an Employment Strategist, and regularly speaks on the issues of talent management for an aging and changing workforce. She is the author of seven books, including *The Truth about Hiring the Best, UnRetirement*, and her most recent, *Hallelujah! An Anthem for Purposeful Work*. Ms. Fyock has served on faculty for the Society for Human Resource Management, and is an active volunteer leader. She served as President of her local chapter and as Chair of the Human Resources Certification Institute. Currently she serves as the Immediate Past Chair for KY SHRM. She is lifetime certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Most recently Ms. Fyock helps aspiring authors write their books and has authored a book on how to write a book, *On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeks*. As a book coach, she helps her authors find their voice, develop their thesis and outline, and get their books written. She has recently served as editor/project manager for Greyden Press's*Thought Leadership anthology, *What's Next in Human Resources*, featuring 17 authors addressing the issues of the future of the workplace, to be released in early 2015

Please visit cathy@cathyfyock.com for more information.

Ms. Fyock can be contacted at 502-445-6539 or

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.