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Mr. Shea

Timothy Shea

President, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

As president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality (formerly known as VingCard Elsafe), Tim Shea leads the company in providing the most advanced solutions in electronic locking, guestroom safes and energy management system technologies to the global hospitality market. A true industry veteran with an extensive background in multichannel sales of industrial electro-mechanical products, Mr. Shea has leveraged this expertise to successfully develop and execute a multi-year business plan that resulted in significant improvements in both fiscal performance and operational efficiencies. Under Mr. Shea's direction, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has undergone a company-wide restructuring that is responsible for the organization's enhanced ability to achieve service orientation in mature markets, streamline R&D operations and the establish clear brand leadership around the world. Since taking on this role, he has been the force behind several new product developments that have solidified ASSA ABLOY Hospitality's position as the technology leader in the hotel locking and security market. Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY Hospitality in 2004, Mr. Shea amassed over two decades of experience as a top management executive at several prominent multinational organizations. Throughout his successful career, he has been directly credited with reversing negative trends at several under-performing organizations, and ultimately converting them into efficient and profitable operations. Mr. Shea currently serves on the board of various membership associations, including the Stuart Dean Company, Timelox AB Sweden, Wise Union Hong Kong and VingCard A.S. His educational background includes a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Shea continues to augment his extensive knowledge and expertise by continuing his education through institutions such as the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Shea can be contacted at 972-907-2273 or Timothy.Shea@assaabloy.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.