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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 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.