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Mr. Reid

Frank Reid

Executive Vice President, Kolbe Corporation

Frank Reid is executive vice president of Kolbe Corp in Phoenix, AZ, where he is responsible for managing business development efforts and human resources consulting with large corporate accounts. An accomplished HR executive with domestic and international experience in the insurance, financial services, information services and software industries, Mr. Reid has expertise in building highly effective teams and transforming the HR function to streamline and develop consistent practices across businesses. Throughout his career, Mr. Reid has developed a reputation as a strong business partner with senior management and a trusted advisor to CEO's on business and human capital strategies. Serving as a senior human resources executive for such companies as Ceridian Corporation, Jostens Corporation, Elsevier Corporation, Thomson Corporation, and Dialog Corporation, Mr. Reid led a variety of HR initiatives ranging from the creation of a learning and development function to the establishment of a “Line of Sight” process to promote understanding of corporate goals and individual responsibilities. At Ceridian Corporation, where he served as vice president of HR, Mr. Reid led the effort to consolidate all HR practices, processes and systems. He worked as a member of both the acquisition and integration team and the pension committee. Additionally, he led the company's diversity initiative and led the team that selected and implemented Ceridian's new payroll/HR system. As an independent consultant, Mr. Reid has sold HR services within the government and private sectors, provided recruiting services for senior management positions, introduced assessment tools for building highly productive teams, and facilitated the implementation of leadership development programs. Finally, Mr. Reid is a thought leader in such areas as recruitment, diversity, organizational transformation, and leadership development. He is an experienced and effective public speaker in areas related to HR and organizational development. Mr. Reid has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Morehouse College.

Please visit http://www.kolbe.com for more information.

Mr. Reid can be contacted at 602-778-7902 or freid@kolbe.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.