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Mr. Lund

David Lund

Hospitality & Leadership Expert, The Hotel Financial Coach

David Lund is The Hotel Financial Coach, an international hospitality financial leadership expert. He has held positions as a Regional Financial Controller, Corporate Director and Hotel Manager with an international brand for over 30 years in Canada and the US.   Mr. Lund has personally reviewed thousands of budgets, forecasts, month end reports and commentaries. He has managed hotels with combined incomes of hundreds of millions and assets of more than a billion dollars. Throughout his career, David has combined his hotel business knowledge and communication skills to create strong financial teams and break with traditional accounting stereotypes. He believes that all hospitality leaders have the financial skills and talents and he works to see these talents come alive.   Mr. Lund authored an award-winning workshop on Hospitality Financial Leadership and has delivered this workshop and other workshops he has developed to hundreds of hotel managers. He coaches hospitality executives one on one and he delivers his Financial Leadership Workshops to hospitality teams throughout the world. Mr. Lund's workshops and coaching directly help hotels increase profits and build financially engaged management teams. Mr. Lund speaks at hospitality company meetings, hotel associations, and industry events on the subject of Financial Leadership. He has had several articles published in hotel trade magazines and he is the author of three books on Financial Leadership. Mr. Lund is a Certified Hotel Accounting Executive through The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association, HFTP and a Certified Professional Coach who received his coaches training and certification through the Coaches Training Institute, CTI.    Mr. Lund is based in Corona Del Mar, California where he lives with his wife Johanne who is also a hospitality financial consultant. Mr. Lund is a graduate of the Hospitality Management program at the New Brunswick College.

Please visit http://hotelfinancialcoach.com/freecall/ for more information.

Mr. Lund can be contacted at 949-791-2739 or david@hotelfinancialcoach.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.