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Mr. Premack

Ben Premack

Director of Sales, Marketing and Events, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Ben Premack is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. An experienced hospitality professional with 13 years in the travel industry, Mr. Premack brings to the LEED EBOM certified resort strong leadership, analytical skills and a history of sales and marketing successes throughout the industry. At Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Mr. Premack oversees the sales and marketing team and initiatives and is a member of the executive committee charged with managing operations across the resort. Mr. Premack began his career with Hyatt in 2003 at Hyatt Regency Bethesda and worked as an Assistant Front Office Manager before being promoted to Sales Manager at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. There, he found his niche in sales and didn't look back. A seasoned Hyatt ambassador, Mr. Premack pre-opened Grand Hyatt San Antonio in 2007, and then served as the Associate Director of Sales at Grand Hyatt Seattle/Hyatt at Olive 8 as well as Grand Hyatt Washington D.C. He was then named Director of Sales at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia in 2010 prior to his most recent position at the Grand Hyatt DFW. Mr. Premack has received numerous honors and awards for his achievements in hospitality, including the 2014 Sales Team of the Year at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, 2014 Hyatt “Markie” Marketing Award Nominee, 2012 and 2015 Hyatt “Markie” Marketing Award Winner, 2012 Director of Sales of the Year Nominee, 2012 Sales Team of the Year Nominee at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, and the 2010 Sales Team of the Year Nominee at Grand Hyatt Washington, among others.

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Mr. Premack can be contacted at 808-661-1234 or ben.premack@hyatt.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.