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Mr. Schubach

Michael Schubach

Strategic Deployments / Program Management Director, Infor Hospitality

Michael Schubach has more than thirty years of Hospitality industry experience and is currently the Strategic Deployments and Program Management Director at Infor.

Previous to this, Mr. Schubach was an industry writer and consultant working with many different organizations to develop strategies and content across the industry - from vendors to small and large hotel properties in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. He consulted on hospitality systems evaluation, specializing in PMS, S&C, POS, Inventory Procurement, Central Reservations Systems and related service systems.

Mr. Schubach has also held the positions of Vice President of Product Management at Agilysys, Chief Information Officer at Trump Hotel Collection, Vice President of Resort Technology at Pinehurst Resort, and Vice President of Technology at Computerized Lodging Systems. Throughout his career he has supervised system installations at more than 2,500 hotel locations worldwide.

Mr. Schubach earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara focusing on History and Medieval Culture Studies. He later earned his MBA in Hospitality Management from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

In December 2010, Mr. Schubach received the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) and Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) designations from Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP).

He is a regular contributor to hospitality publications, a frequent speaker, lecturer, teacher and consultant. In 2015, Mr. Schubach was 38th inductee to the HFTP International Hall of Fame during HITEC in Austin, Texas. When all is said and done, it is safe to say that he really, really likes the hospitality industry and everything that goes along with it!

Please visit htttp://infor.com for more information.

Mr. Schubach can be contacted at 646-336-1700 or michael.schubach@infor.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.