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Mr. Scovell

T. Dupree Scovell

Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Woodbine Development Corporation

T. Dupree Scovell is the managing partner and chief investment officer at Woodbine Development Corporation, a full-service real estate company that specializes in hospitality and recently launched the Woodbine Legacy Investments fund. Mr. Scovell got his start in the hotel business at the age of 16, working as a dishwasher at Hyatt Regency Dallas. He joined Woodbine in 2011 to lead the company's West Coast operations. Based out of the Los Angeles office, he is responsible for Woodbine's acquisition platform and capital markets efforts as well as managing the Woodbine Hospitality Development and Investment fund, a private equity entity dedicated to the acquisition and development of upscale select-service hotels and lifestyle destinations throughout the United States. Prior to joining Woodbine, Mr. Scovell spent five years working for Trammell Crow Company in Dallas, where he focused on retail and mixed-use development projects. He was named by the National Real Estate Forum as one of “Tomorrow's Newsmakers” and by the Dallas Business Journal “40 Under 40,” which spotlights local executives for their professional and civic contributions to the local community. Early in his career, he was recognized by Dallas CEO magazine as one of the “Top 30 Real Estate Professionals Under 30.” Mr. Scovell graduated with four undergraduate bachelor degrees from Texas Tech University and earned with two masters degrees from Stanford, including a M.Ed. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Beyond real estate and hospitality, his passions include supporting public education and providing opportunities for underprivileged high school graduates to attend college through the Scovell Scholarship Foundation.

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

Mr. Scovell can be contacted at 214-855-6000 or dscovell@woodbinedevelopment.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.