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Mr. Reid

Lamarr Reid

Principal and Managing Director, Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR)

Lamarr Reid directs and oversees PYR's Chicago office, managing both international and domestic projects, and coordinating teams drawn from all PYR offices. Mr. Reid manages the project teams to ensure the successful delivery and implementation of the designs. Mr. Reid is also focused on finding new regions for expansion and project growth. Prior to joining PYR, he served as Managing Principal of the Interior Design practice for Perkins+Will Chicago, the largest office of PYR's parent company, and oversaw the hospitality practice for the firm as a whole. Mr. Reid studied architecture at Hampton Institute. His graduate studies culminated in a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Founded by Pierre-Yves Rochon in 1979, PYR is globally renowned for its award-winning luxury hospitality environments for boutique hotels and major international brands including Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel, InterContinental, Fairmont, and The Peninsula.

Please visit www.pyr-design.com for more information.

Mr. Reid can be contacted at 312-755-4693 or lamarr.reid@pyr-design.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.