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Ms. Berman

Westley Berman

E-Commerce Manager, Kokua Hospitality

Westley Berman is the eCommerce Manager for Kokua Hospitality, a hotel management company based in Chicago, Illinois. Joining the company in 2010, Ms. Berman started as Kokua's social media and marketing coordinator and has been promoted various times to her current position. She leads Kokua Hospitality's eCommerce marketing efforts, currently overseeing a combination of six independent and branded hotels nationwide, including DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile, DoubleTree Suites Houston by Galleria, Inn of Chicago, Axiom Hotel, and Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. She also oversees all social media, reputation management, website development, and creative marketing efforts for each hotel in addition to Kokua Hospitality. Ms. Berman's career began in the advertising industry at a multicultural marketing and advertising agency called the San Jose Group based in Chicago. She was primarily responsible for trafficking Hispanic TV, Radio, and Print ads for Magnum Insurance, Harley Davidson, AstraZeneca, Illinois Bureau of Tourism and American Family Insurance. Later on, she became Project Manager at Chicago's Young & Rubicam responsible for close-captioning Sears Kenmore and Craftsmen TV ads, Sears Home Appliance TV spots, and Sears LL Cool J apparel line. Ms. Berman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and Integrated Strategic Communications from University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She is an active brand representative or "Skimbassador" to theSkimm, a media company that has the fastest growing email newsletter responsible for transforming the morning routines and news consumptions for female professionals.

Ms. Berman can be contacted at 312-644-4800 ext. 4801 or westley.berman@kokuahospitality.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.