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Mr. Sanfilippo

Matt Sanfilippo

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Service Companies

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources at The Service Companies, Matt Sanfilippo oversees 6,000 employees in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Mr. Sanfilippo joined The Service Companies as Director of Human Resources in November 2010. Prior to joining The Service Companies, Mr. Sanfilippo spent over six years with the world's largest casino hotel company, Caesars Entertainment. While with Caesars, Mr. Sanfilippo held various leadership roles in Human Resources including, Employee Relations Manager, and Human Resources Manager. Mr. Sanfilippo got his start in Human Resources as an HR Generalist at Pinnacle Airlines Corp. Prior to joining Caesars, Mr. Sanfilippo spent four years proudly serving in the United States Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout his career, Mr. Sanfilippo has earned several recognitions, including the Chairman's Award for Leadership at Caesars Entertainment in January 2009. He was promoted into his current role overseeing all Human Resources functions in May 2015.

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Mr. Sanfilippo can be contacted at 305-681-8800 or matt.sanfilippo@theservicecompanies.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.