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Mr. Mandigo

Theodore Mandigo

Professor, Kendall Coillege

Ted Mandigo has spent nearly 40 years providing consulting services to the hotel industry. He has provided the market studies used in financing the Ritz-Carlton; the Fairmont; the Swissotel; Embassy Suites; Fairfield Inn; Wit Hotel; and the Hampton Inn. Consulting service engagement include the Drake; the Whitehall; Hyatt Regency; W City Center; Sofitel; Intercontinental; Westin River North; and the Renaissance. He has also conducted studies for the Club industry including in Chicago the Union League Club; University Club; Chicago Club; The Casino and several city and country clubs around the country. Ted received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and his MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. He is a charter member and founder of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and a CPA. Ted Mandigo was the President/Chairman of the Illinois CPA Society and served on the national council for the AICPA. He was chairman of the Finance Committee for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; chairman of the Food Service Committee for the Ravinia Festival; co-chair of the allied member committee of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. Work experience includes Partnerships at Pannell Kerr Forster and BDO Seidman accounting firms; Director at Landauer; and as President of his own consulting firm, TR Mandigo & Co. which was founded in 1995. Mr. Mandigo is a frequent guest speaker for various hospitality organizations including preparing and presenting an annual forecast for the Chicago Downtown Hotel Managers; the O'Hare Hotel Managers; the DuPage County CVB; the Midwest Lodging Conference; and the Phoenix Lodging Conference. Ted is also a full time faculty member at Kendall College where he teaches Hospitality Law; Feasibility Studies; Revenue Management; Labor Relations; Quality Service; Management Strategy; and Real Estate Finance.

Mr. Mandigo can be contacted at theodore.mandigo@kendall.edu

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.