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Mr. McGowan

Shawn McGowan

Senior Director Food & Beverage Brand Initiatives & Programs, Hilton Worldwide

Shawn McGowan is the Senior Director Global Brand Food and Beverage Services at Hilton. In this role, Mr. McGowan is responsible for managing the development and implementation of all 14 of Hilton branded hotels, positioning their food and beverage long-term and strategic brand initiatives. Working in conjunction with Hilton F&B Ops, Hilton Supply Management, Brand Marketing teams and numerous franchise management companies, Mr. McGowan identifies and participates in developing food and beverage specifications and marketing program support. He also develops and administers key standards and training programs for Hilton Team Members around the world. He is an active participant in the Hotel F&B Magazine Corporate Editorial Advisory board with featured articles on food and beverage trends. His role entails developing strategies that promote sustainable practices within the food and beverage industry by partnering with key industry groups such as WWF to help implement sustainable and animal welfare practices within Hilton. In his 23 years with Hilton, it has been Mr. McGowan's goal to provide leading food and beverage initiatives that have developed and leveraged industry wide trends. Within the portfolio of food and beverage concepts at Hilton he is attributed with developing leading concept solutions such as Made Market, Herb N' Kitchen, Brickstones Kitchen and Bar, The BKB Market, E'Terie To Go, E'Terie Bar and Grill and most recently developed and launched Tru by Hilton “Top and Go” Breakfast along with their eat & sip market. Mr. McGowan is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona.

Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Mr. McGowan can be contacted at 703-883-5210 or shawn.mcgowan@hilton.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.