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Mr. Carter

Kevin Thomas Carter

Managing Director, Airlie Foundation

Kevin Thomas Carter has over 34 years experience in hospitality operations around the world. A proven performer, he has garnered the respect of industry leaders for his ability to motivate and challenge his team to achieve their potential. Mr. Carter is currently the Managing Director for the Airlie Foundation and has served in varying roles within the hospitality industry including, Director, Corporate Director, Resident Manager, General Manager and independent consultant. Mr. Carter's experience in the industry has been obtained while leading teams at of some of the countries most notable properties including the Rancho Bernardo Inn, U.S. Grant Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel San Diego, Club Corporation of America, Rancho Valencia Resort, Kiawah Island Resort, Bald Head Island Resort, The Founders Inn, and Airlie Conference Center. Mr. Carter has served on the opening team of several Hotels throughout his career in addition to transitioning several properties for new owners and operators. A sought after public speaker on a variety of subjects. Mr. Carter was the keynote speaker for the Annual National Conference on University and College Conference Centers (NCUCCC) at the University of Alabama. Topic expert presenter for several International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) meetings. Mr. Carter has been a leader in many associations and civic groups and has served locally on the Board of Directors for the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce and the Fauquier Americas Promise. He served as the President of Warrenton Rotary Club, and Senior Warden and School Board Treasurer for the St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton. Mr. Carter currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors for the Fauquier Hospital, Health System and Fauquier Health Foundation and works on the Compliance & Audit and Quality & Safety Committees. Mr. Carter resides in Warrenton, Virginia 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife Carrie and three children Madison, Emma and Jack. In his “free” time, Mr. Carter enjoys sports with his active family, fishing, hunting, politics and an occasional round of golf.

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

Mr. Carter can be contacted at 540-347-1300 or kcarter@airlie.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.