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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 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.