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Mr. Collins

Bruce Collins

Regional Director of Development, East, OTO Development

Bruce Collins has been Director of Development for OTO Development since the company's inception in 2004. In this time, the company has developed more than 50 hotels across the nation, representing more than $1 billion in development across a myriad of challenging markets, unique sites, and urban locations such as Chicago, Washington, D.C and New York City. Mr. Collins is involved in all aspects of hotel development in the Eastern Region, which includes managing a team of Development Managers, completing initial site evaluations, due diligence, budgeting and analysis, design review, and all project management services. His contributions have garnered significant industry recognition on behalf of OTO Development, and notably include the 2013 Best Conversion Award for the Hampton Brand—for the conversion of the iconic Kiplinger Editor's Building into the Hampton Inn Washington, D.C./White House— and a 2014 Marriott Best Custom Architectural project for the Fairfield Inn & Suites Manhattan/Penn Station, NY. Before joining OTO Devlopment, Mr. Collins was the Director of Construction for Extended Stay America and managed the company's South East region. During that time, he directly participated in the development and construction of over 70 hotels in the Southeastern United States, and indirectly participated in many more through various other roles. Mr. Collins has a Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University.

Mr. Collins can be contacted at 864-596-8930 or bcollins@otodevelopment.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.