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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 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.