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Mr. Bullock

Brian Bullock

Chief Operating Officer, Restaurants, Legacy Ventures

Brian Bullock has more than fifteen year's of experience in the restaurant industry working with high-volume, industry-leading companies. He began his career in 1995 with Houston's restaurants in Atlanta. After being promoted to general manager, he operated stores in both New Orleans and Houston. In 2000, Mr. Bullock left Houston's to become vice president of operations for Border Cafe Restaurants. In 2007, he joined Bricktop's Restaurant Company, which was founded by the original Houston's co-founder Joe Ledbetter and industry veteran Tom Brunnberg. Mr. Bullock earned his associate's degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University and his bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an active member of the Georgia Restaurant Association Board. He joined Legacy Ventures Legacy Ventures, which responds thoughtfully to the built environment as planners, developers, hoteliers and restaurateurs. Legacy Ventures innovates with a multi-disciplined approach to create timeless places - delivering exceptional customer experiences through an engaged and passionate team, yielding measurably better results for partners and investors.

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

Mr. Bullock can be contacted at 404-222-9100 or bbullock@lvmgt.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.