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Mr. Robinson

John D. Robinson

Director of Sales, North America, Aptilo Networks

John D. Robinson is Director of Sales, North America at Aptilo Networks. In this role, he is responsible for sales of Aptilo technology and services to mobile carriers, cable operators, operator service partners and enterprise customers in the United States and Canada. He also works closely with the healthcare and hospitality industry to provide Wi-Fi solutions for large hospital and hotel properties. Mr. Robinson takes a holistic approach to bringing value to these customers, which emphasizes collaboration with the end customer and their desired service partners to deliver scalable and complex solutions for their Wi-Fi networks. He has helped to evolve the Aptilo selling process to address customers' needs with solutions that are vertically relevant and focused on business outcomes. His team has led the development of a cloud-based offering to better address the needs and demands of enterprise customers. Prior to joining Aptilo Networks, Mr. Robinson served as a Retail WLAN Sales Specialist for Motorola Solutions. In this role, he worked with very large retailers on their Wi-Fi requirements and customer engagement strategies. Mr. Robinson successfully delivered and managed large managed services opportunities during his time at Motorola. Mr. Robinson was also the Director of Enterprise Business Development for Samsung Telecommunications Wireless Enterprise, successfully launching a new Wi-Fi product for the North American market. During his tenure, he created a go-to market model and distribution channel agreements to successfully position and sell these new Samsung products. He also worked to align the Wireless Enterprise product portfolio within the larger Samsung Electronics enterprise business unit to create a complete end to end solution for Samsung. Mr. Robinson is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

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

Mr. Robinson can be contacted at 917-414-9262 or john.robinson@aptilo.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.