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Ms. Braum

Roberta Braum

Director of Product Management, Payments, Agilysys

Roberta Braum is the director of product management for payments at Agilysys, a leading technology company that provides innovative point-of-sale, property management, inventory and procurement, workforce management, analytics, document management and mobile and wireless solutions and services to the hospitality industry.

Ms. Braum began her career at Apple, where she served as a technical lead designing file server systems. She also has also held management positions at IMDb, where she oversaw subscription services for entertainment professionals, and at Amazon, where she helped develop a payment plan service for the company's ordering systems.

Prior to joining Agilysys, Ms. Braum served as director of product management at Array Health, where she designed a purchasing decision support system, developed a product and sales roadmap and supervised program and product management teams.

At Agilysys, Ms. Braum manages the product strategy and roadmap for the company's payments products, including the groundbreaking rGuest® Pay solution, the Agilysys payment gateway that enables complete and secure payment processing. She also addresses the challenges that new payment technologies pose to the hospitality industry and develops strategic solutions that enable a seamless guest experience for Agilysys' next-generation point-of-sale and property management customers.

Ms. Braum serves as a thought leader in the areas of payment technologies, data security and EMV readiness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering and computer science from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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

Ms. Braum can be contacted at 770-822-0794 or roberta.braum@agilysys.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.